Bees are in the news a lot more than they used to be. There are stories about killer bees in China. This summer’s news about massive bee die-offs in Ontario, California and Oregon have people panicking about the deaths of thousands of honey bees and bumble bees.
Some claim that pesticides are to blame for these bee deaths. Some blame cell phone towers. Some blame genetically modified seeds and plants. Some blame current beekeeping practices for the deaths.
Whether you call it Colony Collapse Disorder, or you simply want to know what is happening to bees around the world, we have to open our eyes. It’s not just the honey bee that is at risk.
All species of bees are experiencing stresses that impact their lives. The more that these pollinators are stressed out, the more of them that will continue to die. You might not think that losing bees is a big deal. But it is.
That’s because bees are a “key species” and when key species begin to die in record numbers, something is happening. When experts claim that one of every three bites of our food is made possible because a bee pollinated it, a world without bees becomes a scary place to live. It becomes a place where food scarcity becomes the norm, and food prices skyrocket.
That’s not the sort of world I want to live in. I want to live in a world where bees of all kinds are plentiful. I want to create sustainable habitats for the bees, in harmony with humans. I want humans to learn how to make their homes, orchards and gardens bee friendly, to ensure the longevity and health of all sorts of bees.
That being said, my strongest focus for this blog and this site will be on creating ideal habitats for my favorite (and little known) bees, mason bees and other solitary bees. I’ll be talking about creating bee habitats, and the wonder of keeping mason bees.
The Bee Mama