“Bees are responsible for pollinating one in three bites of food we eat… and they’re in trouble.”

“Bees are responsible for pollinating one in three bites of food we eat…and they’re in trouble. Since the mid-1990s, they’ve been dying off in droves around the world. Colonies have been mysteriously collapsing with adult bees disappearing, seemingly abandoning their hives.

This phenomenon — known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD — is likely caused by a variety of interacting factors, including pathogens, loss of habitat and increased exposure to systemic and other pesticides.

Policymakers have yet to make pollinator health a top priority, and current regulations don’t provide adequate protection for bees. But a groundswell of concerned citizens, gardeners and beekeepers is building to protect bees.

Join the movement! Take the pledge to provide a honey bee haven with access to pesticide-free food, shelter and water. It doesn’t take much space — a few containers of the right kinds of plants tucked into your garden, on a balcony or front stoop, will get you started.” – honeybeehaven.org

“Take the pledge to provide a honey bee haven with access to pesticide-free food, shelter and water.”

Plant your own bee garden now!

Spring – Crocus, Hyacinth, Borage, Calendula, and Wild Lilac will add color to lure them to your yard.

Summer – Bee Balm, Cosmos, Echinacea, Snapdragons Foxglove, and Hosta will create a bee buffet!

Fall – Zinnias, Asters, Witch Hazel and Goldenrod bloom later and will keep bee bellies full and healthy

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