Imagine a life without apples, or peaches, or almonds. Or a world where over one third of our daily eats disappeared! Hard to imagine, but this is a road we are headed down as our natural pollinators--bees, birds, bats, and others--are all suffering steep declines as they face loss of habitat, exotic diseases and a host of other threats to their survival. But this week has been designated as a time to raise nationwide awareness of the pollinator problem and there are a number of programs and projects families can participate in to do their part.
As an amateur beekeeper, honeybees and all pollinators hold a special place in my heart. While you may not want to suit up and get into the hives yourself, there are still many things you and your family can do to make the lives of bees a little easier. Pollinator Partnership is the perfect place to plan a pro-pollinator project. Whether you want to plant a pollinator-friendly garden, build a bee condo or see if any National Pollinator Week events are happening in your area, they've got it covered.
On the lighter side, Your Big Backyard has instructions for do-it-yourself bee finger puppets. Whatever you do, take the time to learn about the important role pollinators play in our ecosystem and share that information with your kids. It will 'bee' time well spent.
(Images: Richard Popovic)