Sunny Bee
"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe,
then man would have only four years of life left.
No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants,
no more animals, no more man."
~ Albert Einstein

Save Our Bees Save Ourselves

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Training to be a Beekeeper

"To Bee or Not to Bee"

Beekeeping is a great hobby and could be a lucrative business, but most importantly, it is vital to our existence. About one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination. Honeybees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have. Honeybees are the primary pollination source for our crops. They are essential to sustaining our food sources. Beekeeping is a great opportunity to learn about nature and the role of the productive honeybee.

Who can and should consider beekeeping

Anyone with an interest in honeybees or saving our food supply should consider beekeeping. Over recent years the world's populations of honeybees have been in decline for reasons that are yet to be fully understood. Disease, bad weather, poor nutrition and a phenomenon now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), are all suspected causes. The culmination of these circumstances has led to the loss of billions of bees.

Save The Honeybees

Vanishing Of The Bees

The only way we can protect the honeybee from becoming extinct or declining even further is to encourage more and more people to start keeping bees. The deterioration of bee colonies resulting from urbanization, colony collapse disorder, and the decline in beekeepers leaves an absence of honeybees that has farmers begging beekeepers to bring honeybees to pollinate their crops.

What You Can Do to Help the Honeybees

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The backyard beekeeper is crucial to successful repopulation of thriving bee colonies. A virus, a fungal species, or genetic and chemical manipulation of our crops may prove key to the cause of colony collapse disease, and to saving the honeybees. With hive owners traveling hundreds of miles to enhance local bee populations and furnish crops with extra pollinators, the commercial bee industry faces a particular hurdle; prevent the spread, and still get the bees to work. Small, non-migratory hives will be most beneficial to the healthy and steady growth of new bee colonies.

Become a Beekeeper. You can easily learn to become a beekeeper and start hosting bees.
honey It is an enjoyable hobby with the benefit of making your own honey. Check with your local beekeeping organization about getting started. A basic course on beekeeping covers all aspects of beekeeping including obtaining bees, keeping bees healthy, producing and extracting honey. It does not cost you that much.
You can find a short course on Beekeeping here.

Have a Bee Friendly Garden. Plants help bees by providing nectar. Bees convert this nectar into honey. Grow a small garden in your backyard to help the bees. The greater the plant diversity, the more bees you will attract and support. Always try to choose as many native plants as possible, and consult with local nursery staff or other experts to find vegetation that will thrive in your specific conditions. Find Native Plants

Easy Steps EVERYONE can take to help the honeybees:

  • Eliminate, or extensively limit, the use of pesticides. Our own sensitivity to chemicals offers suggestion to that of the delicate honey bee.
  • Try companion planting, such as using marigolds around tomatoes, or insect traps to capture insects or repel them rather than dousing your garden in commercial sprays.
  • Beekeepers cultivate bee products and get them to store shelves. Support Beekeepers. Buy Bee Products.
  • Keep the bees alive. If you run across a swarm, find a local beekeeper to remove them.
  • Educate yourself and your peers to the plight of the honey bee. All hands on deck.
  • Encourage your neighbors to form a "Honeyhood" and get your community involved.
  • Volunteer to help youth groups start their own hives.
  • Join Beekeeper Associations and help to rebuild the bee population
  • Invite a beekeeper to come and talk to any local group you support and give an illustrated talk about the honeybee and the products of the hive.
  • Encourage local authorities to use bee friendly plants in public spaces.
  • Write to lawmakers. Let your state and federal legislators know you are concerned about what’s happening to the bees. You don’t have to know what to do about it. Just ask them to look into it.
  • Donate to Help the Honeybees at The Honeybee Conservancy. Thank You for your generosity and commitment to solving this crisis.

 

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." ~ Albert Einstein

 

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