It’s All ‘Bout the Bees!

Bees don’t just make de­li­cious honey and buzz around! They’re ac­tu­ally a su­per-im­por­tant part of our en­vi­ron­ment.

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Sci­en­tists be­lieve that look­ing at how well the bee pop­u­la­tion is do­ing is a good sign of the en­vi­ron­ment as a whole. Bad news though – over the last 10 years, bees haven’t been do­ing so well.

Why are bees so im­por­tant?

Bees col­lect pollen and nec­tar from flow­ers to take back to their hives to make honey. As bees visit many flow­ers dur­ing th­ese pollen-col­lect­ing trips, they spread pollen around, al­low­ing new plants to take seed and grow.

Many plants rely on bees to do this im­por­tant job! Ap­ples, broc­coli, mel­ons, pump­kins, berries and al­monds all rely on bees to spread their pollen, and with­out the bees, it would be much harder for th­ese plants to grow.

What can you do?

Ev­ery lit­tle bit helps. Be­low are a few ideas of how you can help the bees.

1. Bees love flow­ers like daisies, laven­der, coral pea, gre­vil­lia, sage, rose­mary, lilacs, hy­acinths, and snap­drag­ons.

2. If you see a bee asleep on the ground out­side, it’s likely to be ex­tremely tired and far from its hive. Don’t touch it, but ask your par­ent to make some sugar syrup to feed the bee. Fill a tea­spoon with sugar syrup and lay it right next to the bee so the bee can drink it if wants to. Hope­fully the sugar will perk the bee up and it’ll be able to fly home!

3. Buy honey reg­u­larly to sup­port the bee farm­ers who keep Aus­tralia’s bees alive and well.

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