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World Bee Day

by Mary Anderson on 2024-05-20T07:00:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

Flowers and bees with the caption: Happy World Bee DayIn 2017 the UN General Assembly unanimously proclaimed May 20th as World Bee Day. The day is to be observed “through education and activities aimed at raising awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators, the threats that they face and their contribution to sustainable development.”

Approximately 75% of the world's food crops rely, at least in part, on pollination by animals, with bees being the primary pollinators for many of these crops. (Other pollinators include bats, birds, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, beetles, and small mammals.) Despite their importance, bee populations worldwide are facing unprecedented challenges. Factors such as habitat loss, pesticide exposure, diseases, and climate change have led to significant declines in bee numbers. These decreases not only threaten global food security but also jeopardize the stability of entire ecosystems.

What can be done to protect pollinators? Reducing pesticide use, especially harmful neonicotinoids, is essential to preventing harm to pollinators. Individuals can create pollinator-friendly gardens with native plants as well as provide nesting sites such as bee hotels. On a larger scale, it is vital to create habitat corridors of native vegetation that allow pollinators to move between areas. Likewise, protecting and restoring natural habitats such as meadows, forests, and wetlands provides essential food and shelter. Raising awareness about pollinator importance and promoting research and monitoring are also key. By implementing these measures collectively, we can safeguard pollinator populations and ensure the resilience of ecosystems worldwide.

To learn more about bees and other pollinators, visit our book display on the fourth floor and explore these ebooks.

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