Bees are dying at an alarming rate and it’s time to take a stand as a community to save the these wonderful winged creatures. The bee crisis is so bad that 4 bumblebee species have declined over 90% in the last 20 years.
Bees are an important part of every healthy ecosystem and protecting bees by promoting pollination is vital to Oregon natural beauty. What does that mean? We need to plant native more flowers and trees with beautiful blooms. In other words, to save the bees we must save the flowers and tree while transforming our cities into an urban oasis of flowers! Native flowers provide crucial nectar for bees to thrive and the trees we plant continuously turn carbon monoxide into fresh breathable air for years to come. It’s time for Oregonians everywhere to breath in the fresh air and help us save the bees, and our tasty sweet honey supply, while making our world a healthier place to live, learn, and grow.
If Bees Die, We Die
Oregon crops in the agricultural sector that rely on bee pollination are worth over $600 million per-year, and that’s just the beginning. Over 80% of all plant life relies on pollinators like bees. Without a healthy bee population, crops and plant life will die. Think about it. What would Oregon look like with no Marionberry fields, no more Strawberry picking with the family, no more wild Huckleberries on Huckleberry Mountain, no more Lavender fields to enjoy, no apples orchards, no fresh peach cobbler, even delicious Blackberry pies will be no more, as well as pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, and pumpkin patch adventures will all cease to exist if bees die. The bee population is so important that Albert Einstein said “Remove the bee from the earth and at the same stroke you remove at least one hundred thousand plants that will not survive.”
Planting flowers, blooming trees, and providing water sources for bees to hydrate are all great easy ways to make a positive impact. All you need to do is plant flowers! Here is a list of some beautiful flowers that you can plant in your own gardens that will help save bees.
- Pacific or Coast Rhododendron
- Ocean spray
- Black Twinberry
- Red Flowering Currant
- Red-osier Dogwood
- Douglas Spirea
Bee Friendly Gardens
Bee friendly gardens are one of the best ways you can help save the bee and enjoy a beautiful garden full of flowers. The easiest way to make a bee friendly garden is to start by NOT using harmful pesticides and chemicals. Butterflies also benefit greatly from bee friendly gardens because they are also pollinators vital to our ecosystem. To find more information about pesticides and products that kill bees, here are some Consumer Products To Avoid.
Clean Water is Saving Bees
Clean water systems is also a vital part of saving our bees. Bees require ample sources of water to hydrate in order to live. Providing simple solutions to help bees get the water they need is as easy as placing a bird feeder or small water feature in your garden.
Golf Course Flowers
Less moving and more flowers. Encouraging your local golf coarse to take action is just one more way to help save the bees. Environmentally friendly wildflowers allow bees to collect nectar and spread pollen. Besides, looking at beautiful native flowers instead of tall grass in the rough sounds like a good plan to me. Please contact your local golf coarse and let them know how important this issue is to you and how much you support their efforts to help save Oregon bees.
History of Death
This is not a new problem. Bees have been dying all over the world for various reasons, most are a result of pesticide use, loss of habitat, and negative environmental changes from pollution. The worst part about that is that we are doing ti to ourselves. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) used two neonicotinoid pesticides, dinotefuran and imidacloprid, on Linden (Tilia) trees during bloom that resulted in over 50,000 bee deaths in a Wilsonville parking lot. In response, the ODA slapped a six-month restriction on use of 18 insecticides containing dinotefura, but that is not enough. What’s worse, once again, that just the beginning. There were over a half dozen separate insecticide applications in the summers of 2013 and 2014 caused the death of nearly 100,000 bumble bees. This has to stop and our communities need to work together to change the future, because it’s not looking bright for the bees. The EPA says that approved, proper uses of neonicotinoids don’t pose a significant risk to pollinators. Although part of me agrees with that statement, I do believe more sustainable solutions exist and should be explored. In addition, I would like to see more urban gardens within our cities to help improve the overall health of our ecosystem.
Join the Fight to Save Oregon Bees
Oregon Minded organizations such as Ocean Blue Project 501(c)(3) non-profit, Beyond Toxics,Glory Bee, and Just Bee Friendly have been on the front lines of helping the Oregon bee population for many years. In fact, over 2 years ago, Ocean Blue Project created a petition to save Oregon bees in Corvallis, Oregon and only 69 people supported the cause. That is sad and pathetic if you ask me. It’s time to get involved and make a difference for our future. One of the global leaders in “Garden Cities” is Singapore, and they’ve found a way to make transform their city into a beautiful working ecosystem. If cities like Singapore can make a change, so can we.
Support the Oregon Pollinator Protection Act.