The idea for BeeHab The Pollinator Project grew out of more than 10 years of beekeeping, gardening and teaching about both in the mountains of Western North Carolina. It also coincided with our concern about this country’s unsustainable agricultural system, and a commitment to working toward more sustainable, local food systems. Restoring pollinator habitat is essential to this!
While the honey bee is certainly the pollinator ‘workhorse’ and has earned the media attention due to the recent CCD crisis, the native pollinators, especially the almost 4000 species of native bees in the US, are facing equal if not greater threats.
Basically, all our pollinators are endangered due to: loss of habitat and poisoning from pesticides. These are consequences of human actions and it is time, we believe, for us to accept responsibility and step forward as the stewards so clearly needed.
Educate people, specifically by building knowledge and appreciation for the roles of pollinators in the food supply of humans as well as birds and much other wildlife.
Invite, encourage, provoke people to ask: ‘How can I help?’ ‘What can I do?’
Equip people with information and resources so they can take action, specifically:
· Plant-A-Patch - Create pollinator habitat at home, church, school, workplace or on public lands.
· Discontinue or significantly reduce pesticide use.
· Continue to learn and pass along information to others by becoming mentors, models and educators.
· Explore and implement vibrant, beautiful options to the traditional lawn.
Help build teams and community connections which, by working together, will create more habitat, broader public awareness, and ultimately healthier eco-systems.
Directly contribute to more pollinator habitat and more pollinator stewards.
BeeHab The Pollinator Project
Education Action Stewardship
Thank pollinators for the successful production of as much as 25% of everything we eat and drink,
Did you know there is more pesticide residue per acre
in soil from urban than from rural areas?
Scientists from most every continent have documented dramatic declines in pollinator populations
To help build BeeHab, contact us.
While BeeHab is growing, here are terrific allies in the campaign for pollinator protection and habitat:
Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies. By The Xerces Society, published by Storey Publishing, 2011.
Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers, and Conservationists. By Eric Mader, Marla Spivak, and Elaine Evans, published by SARE.
Pollinator Conservation Handbook: A Guide to Understanding, Protecting, and Providing Habitat for Native Pollinator Insects. Published by The Xerces Society (Portland OR) written by Matthew Shepherd, Stephen L. Buchmann, Mace Vaughan and Scott Hoffman Black.
Tallamy, Douglas. Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants Timber Press, 2007.
Web Sites / Organizations
pollinator.org Pollinator Partnership Great Plant Guides
ento.psu.edu/pollinators Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State U
xerces.org Xerces Society, International, nonprofit organization protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation; Portland, OR Best information, best resources including habitat and planting guides for wide range of land-owners/managers (farms, golf course, parks, forests, residential, commercial, etc.)
pfspbees.org Partners for Sustainable Pollination (Bee Friendly Farming)
*No More Poison: Eliminate or reduce your use of pesticides. Use only when necessary; be sure you follow label instructions, use the LEAST toxic possible.
*Eat Local: Buy more of your food from local farms and producers at tailgate markets, local grocery stores, farm stands or CSA shares. Plant a garden, no matter how small. Employ edible landscaping.
*Support Your Beekeeper much honey at large grocery stores may have been bottled in NC, but could easily have originated in China or South America!
*Know Your Bugs: Get an insect ID guidebook and get acquainted with your beneficial insects (MOST of our insects are not destructive or dangerous, MANY are actually beneficial.) Definitely get to know the differences among the stinging insects. Most bees will NOT sting when they are gathering pollen and nectar, away from their nests.
*Plant Natives / Fight Invasives: Species such as multiflora rose, oriental bittersweet, the princess tree, privet, and the ornamental grass, miscanthus sinensis, are choking out our forest, roadside and meadow natives such as goldenrod, aster, sumac.
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