The honey bee, and pollinators more broadly, are experiencing dramatic declines in population today. While the absolute cause for this decline remains unclear, many factors present themselves and likely combine in force. The world is full of toxins including pesticides and herbicides, quality habitat diminishes, and the bees themselves have many vectors and diseases that threaten their existence. And yet, bees provide pollination for many large-scale agricultural crops that feed world’s population. Without the services of honey bees and pollinators, produce shelves would have minimal selection for consumption.
There are many ways to help the bees:
- Follow safe gardening practices and stop or reduce use of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.
- Plant forage for pollinators that provides nutrition high in both nectar and pollen, assuring there is bloom throughout the year.
- Buy honey from your local beekeeper.
- Become a beekeeper.
- Volunteer your time to help the bees.
- Join SCBA
- Donate and help SCBA fulfill it’s mission: Our goal is to increase interest in and knowledge of bees and beekeeping for the hobby and commercial beekeeper, and to educate the general public in the value of bees.
Or you may send your tax deductible contributions to:
Sonoma County Beekeepers Association
P.O. Box 98
Santa Rosa, CA 95402