More than two-thirds of our food crops depend on bees. But Canada, like the rest of the world, is losing its bees to habitat loss, pesticides, climate change and disease. Honey bees have loyal keepers to speak for them. Wild native bees need a voice too. You can be their voice.
YOU CAN HELP IF YOU JUST LET IT BEE
To help protect wild, native bees, we must change gardening practices to “Let It Bee” – gardens provide critical habitats for wild bees, by taking a “Let It Bee” approach we can make the most of each season in our gardens.
Community gardens, parks and landscaped areas are important places for wild native bees. Canada has more than 800 species of wild native bees, 40 of which are bumble bees. Your own backyard could have 50 different species of wild native bees. Here are four easy fall actions to make the most of this great planting season and reduce your garden clean up:
- Plant and/or divide and transplant native plants in the fall
- Collect native plant seeds in the fall
- Help wild bees hibernate – what to leave in your garden for habitat
- Frost Signals – time to “Let It Bee” in your garden
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO LET IT BE
I will make the bees a safe and friendly home in my yard or on my balcony by changing my gardening practices and learning how to “Let It Bee.”