LET IT BEE
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.
You can help if you just “LET IT BEE”
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.
Gardens provide critical habitats for wild, native bees and to help protect them, we must change gardening practices. By taking a “Let It Bee” approach, we can make our gardens into safe places where bees can thrive in any season.
Here are four easy fall actions to make the most of this great planting season and reduce your garden clean up: