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Bees are your Buddies

Do you like to eat fruit? Bees are YOUR best friends. Parents – please teach your kids to respect Bees! Each year I read to Kindergartners – and each time I read books about BEES the kids say ” I hate Bees”. It stuns me and it starts at home. Teach your kids that insects, bees, butterflies provide honey, pollination and ultimately food for us. We LOVE BEES!!!

Bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our food production system by enabling the production of many of the nuts, fruits and vegetables in our diets. In total, pollinators make possible an astounding 35% of global food production and contribute more than $24 billion annually to the U.S. economy.But the number of managed honeybee colonies in the United States has declined from 6 million in the 1940s to just 2.5 million today – jeopardizing our food supply and domestic agriculture industry.3

FLASHBACK from 2014 – That’s why President Obama tasked the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency with co-chairing the Pollinator Health Task Force and leading the federal response to the devastating decline in populations of bees and other vital pollinators.

So far, both the USDA and EPA have displayed a disturbing lack of urgency when it comes to saving bees from deadly pesticides. In fact, the EPA’s current plan is to continue studying neonicotinoid pesticides until 2018 before it takes action to save our pollinators.

It’s 2018 and the story continues.Each person can CHOOSE to not use pesticides, like Round-up, and make their garden inviting to bees. We can make the difference. Round-up is still sold at COSTCO in gigantic containers… right next to the NATIVE BEE HOMES….. Let’s get smart. Don’t buy that toxic junk.  Besides- dandelions are great food for bees, their flowers bloom early and give the bees food when it is winter.   –The editor

 

We Love Our Pollinators!

Bee cloverTake a look at this incredible video – you’ll see hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, flies and bats! Each pollinator is presented in slo-mo so you can see them in action, feeding flying and of course pollinating.

We are pollinators too – yes when we sneeze during allergy season – we are spreading pollen. There are several other links below, several groups are intestested in bee health, teaching about pollination and promoting information about how important this is for the health of our planet.

Lately, I have noticed several Bee Keeping classes in Adult Education and Agricultural Co-op classes. You’ll ofte find local honey available at roadside fruit stands and in the farmer’s market. It would be fun to have a honey tasting to spark your interest – it does taste different depending on area and flowers, and it is so good for us!

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Birds & Bees & More – National Pollinator Week June 17-23

 “Bee” an Advocate for Birds, Butterflies, Beetles and Bats During National Pollinator Week, Says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A bevy of public events hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners will be held around the nation to mark National Pollinator Week June 17-23. Activities will highlight pollinator species and focus on their crucial importance to other wildlife, plants and people.

“Pollinators on our nation’s public and private lands play a key role in keeping our ecosystems diverse, which in turn provides for healthy habitats and economies,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who recently signed a 2013 National Pollinator Week proclamation. “We appreciate the important public-private partnerships that are working together to encourage the long-term health of pollinating creatures.”“Without pollinators, life on Earth would be scarcely recognizable. We depend on these amazing insects and animals for the clothes we wear, the houses we live in, and the food we eat,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “Every American should be concerned about alarming declines in our nation’s pollinators, but fortunately everyone can pitch in to help them.”

Pollinators are essential to agriculture and forestry, pollinating more than 150 different kinds of fruits, vegetables and nuts that provide a third of the nation’s food and beverages. In the United States alone, pollinators enable people to produce about $20 billion-worth of products every year. In addition, more than 75 percent of flowering plants are pollinated by animals.

(EVEN Humans are pollinators!) PAY ATTENTION California, this is how we get our food!  – editor

The Service and its partners will celebrate National Pollinator Week with educational awareness events and conservation projects. To find a Pollinator Week Event near you, visit: http://pollinator.org/npw_events.htm

For additional information about how you can help pollinators, visit  http://www.fws.gov/pollinators. Download a free ecoregional guide online at www.pollinator.org  to determine pollinator-friendly plants for your area. Find information about local native plant societies and nurseries that sell native plants at: http://www.plantnative.org/

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq

You Are Stardust

You are stardustThis beautiful book is such a pleasure to enjoy and read with children, it is illustrated so well and has science facts and pictures designed to encourage questions and curiosity. The inner – connectedness of life comes through as a gift and a treasure that youngsters will easily understand.

Owlkids Books presents a magical new resource for children, families, educators, and librarians. Here is a great read for Earth Day 2013, and for fans of Neil Shubin (The Universe Within), Carl Sagan (Cosmos), and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who want to share the natural sciences with their children.

Named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books for 2012 and winner of the 2012 YABC Choice Awards for Best Nonfiction Picture Book, You Are Stardust is both an acclaimed book and a revolutionary, interactive iPad app.

“Perfect for sparking adult and child conversations about our
place in the universe. A remarkable achievement.”

Kirkus Reviews
, STARRED REVIEW

From the water they drink to the trees they climb, kids are connected to the natural world in big and surprising ways. Written by science educator Elin Kelsey ( Not Your Typical Book about the Environment) and featuring awe-inspiring artwork by diorama artist Soyeon Kim, You Are Stardust does more than introduce kids to these connections — it sparks imaginations, starts conversations, and delights all ages.

“I think it is important to recognize the emotional implications of environmental messages and to willingly create opportunities for kids to share their feelings. When I am talking with kids (or adults), I usually start by asking, ‘How do you feel when you think about the environment?’ Many kids will answer that they feel hopeless or angry or worried or a sense of urgency. I try to acknowledge that each of us might have a whole range of feelings, depending on the moment the question is asked. I tell them that it makes sense that we feel this way, because there are real and important environmental issues that are very big and scary, but there are also lots of hopeful things. I share some of the things that make me feel hopeful (like those facts found in You Are Stardust) and I ask them to share where they find hope.” -Elin Kelsey

This is an inspiring book, filled with beautiful images and kind thoughts about the way we interact in the world. It is an lovely book for children. I especially loved the author’s observation that WE are pollinators as well as the birds, bees, bats and insects that we commonly think of. Ah yes, everything is connected to everything else! -editor