Imagine a world without almonds, flowers, apples, coffee, cotton, berries… no thank you! All different types of Bees play a key role in the productivity of agriculture & in the beauty and functioning of our natural world. They pollinate our fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers, and they keep us buzzing.
Bees currently face
Disruption of natural habitats leading to lack of “bee flowers.”
Widespread overuse of pesticides.
Numerous bee diseases and parasites have created a health crisis for managed bees and declines in our wild, native bee populations.
The Bee Lab’s mission is to promote the conservation, health and diversity of ALL bees—native and non-native, wild and managed—through research, education and hands-on mentorship.
Their work is an effort to mitigate the disruption of bee habitats occurring en masse throughout the globe.
Actions you can take to help the bees
1. Plant flowers and keep those flowers free of pesticide contamination.
Try planting these bee superfoods appropriate for mostregions:
Echinacea, Sunflowers, Lupine, Sage, Goldenrod, Milkweed, Aster, Violets.
Shrubs & Trees
Wild Lilac, Dogwood, Raspberry, Blackberry, Elderberry, Blueberry, + Pine, Maple, Sumac & Oak.
Sedges, Wheatgrass, Sweetgrass, Junegrass, Bluestem, Muhly, Dropseed.
Onion/Chive/Garlic/Leek/Scallion, Brassica (Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower), Peppers, Melons, Citrus, Cucumber, Squash, Berries, Herbs (Mint, Basil, Oregano, Dill, Cilantro, Basil), Avocado, Almonds, Cherries, Peach, Plum, Pear, Eggplant, Potato, Tomato, Okra, Chamomile.
2. Create nesting habitats.
Provide undisturbed areas where bees can make their own nests. Key elements are standing, dead stems, downed logs, brush piles, and most importantly, undisturbed ground (both bare and covered with thatch).
3. Support Minnesota Bee Lab efforts.
Ongoing research projects include optimizing seed mix for pollinators, studying beneficial insects, conducting an economic analysis of bee habitat restoration, and many, many more. Financial gifts to the Bee Lab directly support this work, outreach and education while ensuring this valuable data and information is accessible to all.
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