We need bees – and bees need us.

More than two-thirds of food crops we eat depend on native bees, honey bees and other pollinators to successfully produce a crop. But all around the world, intensified agriculture and its accompanying loss of habitat, along with the widespread use of pesticides and herbicides, has taken a toll on the bee population.

In Canada, there are more than 800 species of native bees of which 40 are bumble bees. But Canada’s bee numbers are also seeing a sharp decline due to habitat loss, climate change, insecticide use and disease. Honey bees have loyal beekeepers to represent their interests. But native bees need a voice too. You can be their voice.

Create your own Bee & Bee this spring

Community gardens, parks and landscaped areas are increasingly important places for wild, native bees. Scientists say there may be as many as 50 species of native bees in the average backyard garden. Many bee species burrow in the ground or use hollow plant stems for homes.

You can help Canada’s 40 species of bumble bees by creating bed & breakfast accommodation right in your backyard or even on your balcony. You’ll find they, in turn, will help you with better results in your garden.

Better still, once you find bumble bees visiting your Bee & Bee, join in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count to help scientists learn about your bumble bee visitors.