When people care…

When people care about something, they don’t just sit and complain about a problem. They try to find a way to improve the situation, to¬†ease discomfort, or to solve the problem outright.

Bee deaths are caused by a myriad number of problems. They’ve been linked to pesticide use, to the planting of genetically modified organisms, and a host of other human behaviours and patterns that have impacted bees.

One of the problems that bees have is that their habitat has often been changed into an industrialized, homogenized plant landscape. This can cause bee “starvation” as the bees aren’t able to find enough healthy sources of food to sustain them close to home, and help them survive until they can get to a closer, healthier food source.

One person (Hady Ghassabian Gilan) who cares about bees thought that one way that bees could be supported was if people could carry what he calls a “bee first aid kit” on their key chains. He saw that many bees in his area were having difficulty finding enough food to sustain themselves. He was often finding exhausted bees, too weak to fly, and thought “I want to do something to help the bees.”

 

bee saver

Called the Bee Saver, this tiny kit holds enough nectar to give a bee a boost, so that it can at least return to its nest. Hady studied the bees habits and tastes and worked with local beekeepers to find a “suitable nutrient able to temporarily replace the nectar of flowers.”

While the Bee Saver isn’t in production yet, Hady hopes that he will be able to put it in production, after what he hopes will be a successful fundraising event in the near future.

I’ll bee keeping an eye out for news to share with you about this…

 


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When people care… — 3 Comments

  1. A very simple thing people can do to help bees, is to use a variety of bee friendly plants in their gardens–and to not use pesticides on those gardens. We’ve been doing that for years. The pesticide free environment is not just good for the bees, but I think has far reaching ripple effects.

    • I agree whole-heartedly, Stacey. Unfortunately, it’s tough to know whether the plants that you’re purchasing in the nursery have been treated with pesticides such as neonicotinoids (either in the seed or in the nursery). Either way, the plant is then toxic to bees and other pollinators. When you’re shopping for plants, do your best to go to local groups who specialize in native-plant species, and which ensure that their sources are pesticide free. (NANPS – the National Association of Native Plant Species for example)

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