Save (All) The Bees: How You Can Help Support Native Pollinators


Join Bee & Bloom for a hands-on workshop this Saturday:

Live demonstration of a honey bee nuc installation

Tour of the inner workings of a hive (suited up, of course!)

In-depth look at native bee nesting strategies

Walk-through of how to create the perfect pollinator habitat.

Info and $10 off to this workshop here.

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word “bee”?

Was it a honey bee?

Apis mellifera, the Western honey bee, is a non-native species that doesn’t just produce honey - they also play an integral role in our agricultural system. Honey bees have become the poster child of the bee plight, and thanks to worldwide “save the bees” campaigns, social awareness, support is at an all-time high. It’s wonderful!

But what about all of the other bees?....

Bee nesting

Unfortunately, these well-intentioned efforts often fail to include the diverse range of native bees that exist. There are an estimated 4000 species of bee in North America, with more than 300 species in the Pacific Northwest alone! These bees vary greatly in appearance, size, foraging habits and nesting strategies. Some bees live in tunnels left behind by other insects, and some bees drill holes in soft wood to create their homes. Some bees pollinate numerous flower types, while others are specialists that prefer to stick to specific plants. Something they have in common, though, is the incredibly important role they play in pollinating our plants. Taking care of these valuable pollinators is critical to the well-being of our wild lands and parts of our agricultural system, too.

What are native bees?

Native bees are the unsung pollinating heroes of our land.

Due to the way they carry and disperse pollen, native bees are often far more effective and efficient at pollinating