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Julie
- 3067 days ago - ecologicalgardening.net
Every single person who controls a bit of land has an opportunity--I'd say a responsibility--to become a bee facilitator. All you have to do is plant flowers that provide nectar and pollen, provide some habitat and refuse to use any insecticides.



   

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Charla D (67)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 6:55 am
It's so easy to do and so rewarding! My husband and I transformed our tiny suburban backyard into a bee and wildlife oasis. Bees need all the help they can get at this point. It was amazing to see what was previously a barren lawn spring into life. We saw all kinds of bees and some butterflies and moths we'd never even heard of, including a "hummingbird moth". Our neighbor commented that he saw fireflies in our yard, something he hadn't seen in decades. .The National Wildlife Foundation has lots of good information on creating a backyard habitat. Although we've since moved, (we refused to sell our house to anyone who wouldn't keep up the habitat) we're hoping to be in a place soon where we can create another oasis for our fellow creatures.
 

Julie P (154)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 7:38 am
If you want to help bees:
1 -Ban pesticides from your lawn and garden and help work towards a pesticide ban in your community, state or
province
2- Plant native plants with varied bloom times
3- Purchase organic produce
4- Sign the AVAAZ petition to ban neonicotinoid pesticides in the U.S. and the European Union
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/?cl=895545208&v=8114
5- Find out about the USDA decision on genetically engineered alfalfa and the threat to organics at Food and
Water Watch http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/
6- Support Canadian Bill C- 474, which "would support Canadian farmers by requiring that “an analysis of potential
harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.”
The debate on this bill will be held on Feb 8th. Here is the link to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
where you can take action: http://www.cban.ca/Take-Action/Support-Bill-C-474
7- Sign up for Action Alerts at the Pesticide Action Network, which has branches worldwide http://www.panna.org/
 

IE R (237)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 8:36 am

Great article, thanks for posting it!
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 11:51 am
Thank you, Julie. for forwarding this very important article. Thank also for your posting and letting both Americans and Canadians know about the proposed laws to help bees. Both groups will now be able to contact their lawmakers and urge that passage of the laws that will protect bees. There is one thing I would like to do and that is urge potential beekeepers to have a source of fresh clean water nearby. Bees need so much water and ground water is usually polluted. It could be anything like placing a bird bath near the hives, which is cleaned twice a week. The health of bees depends on fresh clean water.
 

Mike S (86)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 4:24 pm
Great article. These little friends do so much for us, we should go out of our way to do something for them!
 

Deanna Shoemaker (7)
Monday January 31, 2011, 4:53 pm
Family and friends are doing it. We don't like insecticides, partly because we have pets and/or kids. The other part? We KNOW we need bees.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 31, 2011, 5:17 pm
Have thought this 4 many years. Bees. Most important pollinaters. For help to grow: grain for exp. for humans to eat. Appriciate BeeKeepers.
 

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday February 1, 2011, 2:28 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Tuesday February 1, 2011, 8:53 am
The bees love our lavender, and do I!
 
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