Bees and Monarch Butterflies Can’t Wait

This ad from Save-Bees.org is running in newspapers across the United States:   http://savebees.org/

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“Honey Bees, native bees and other pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat.  Bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that make up 90% of the world’s food supply. Many fruits and vegetables, including apples, blueberries, strawberries, carrots and broccoli, as well as almonds and coffee, rely on bees.  These beneficial insects are critical to maintaining our diverse food supply.

Honey bee populations have been in alarming decline since 2006 Widespread use of a new class of toxic pesticides, neonicotinoids, is a significant contributing factor…..

This week, 15 countries are imposing a two-year restriction on the use of several of these chemicals.  Meanwhile, the United States is stalling.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates it will be 2018, 5 years from now, before it makes a decision on this deadly class of pesticides

Bees can’t wait 5 more years–they are dying now. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the power and responsibility to protect our pollinators.  Our nation’s food system depends on it.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/sunday-review/the-year-the-monarch-didnt-appear.html?_r=0   An important article about the state of our pollinators.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/03/why-are-the-monarch-butterflies-disappearing/#wwftw131204

One of the few monarch buttlerflies in 2013
One of the few monarch butterflies in 2013

Tragedy Strikes Pollinators in Oregon

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Pesticides/neonicotinoids must be restricted and some banned!

Last week as we were celebrating our marvelous pollinators for Pollinator Week,  it is estimated that 50,000 bees were killed at one location by a neoicotinoid pesticide that has been banned in Europe

A landscaping company made a huge mistake, they did not follow the directions for the pesticide they were using. They sprayed 50 blooming Linden Trees in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon.  This led to the massive bee kill.  Just imagine how often this kind of mistake is being made!!

I recommend not using chemicals of any kind for the health of your family, pets, pollinators and wildlife.  012

http://www.xerces.org/2013/06/21/pesticide-causes-largest-mass-bumble-bee-death-on-record/

http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/index.ssf/2013/06/state_investigating_death_of_h.html#/0

Can We Save Our Bees and Our Butterflies?

“Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life” Rachel Carson

A Fritillary on Menardia
A Fritillary on Menardia

Our pollinators are declining at a rapid rate.  Yes, there are things that each one of use can do.  Calling for more research is a waste of valuable time.  It is time for everyone to act.

Below is a good commentary on the loss of our bees:

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/206997751.html

So what can you do?  We are so awash in chemicals we aren’t even aware of them anymore. Below is a list of things that can make a difference for pollinators and for your health, also.

1. Reduce all yard chemicals, and reduce the size of your mowable yard with flowers that pollinators love.

2. Plant more flowers that attract a variety of pollinators.  My favorite for Minnesota and

English: Culver's root, Veronicastrum virginic...
English: Culver’s root, Veronicastrum virginicum. Shot from above at around 4pm, Leland IL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wisconsin are: Bee Balm, Culver’s Root. Cone Flowers, Hyssop, chives, Russian Sage, Liatris (blazing star), wild geranium, and golden rod.

3. Buy organically produced food, and reduce the beef you eat.

4. Reduce the amount of chemicals in your home for cleaning and construction.

5. Support candidates and elected officials that believe in global warming.

6. Never throw chemicals, worms or fish(they can be invasive) into our streams, lakes or storm drains.

7. And..basically anything you do to for clean air, clean water. and save energy  helps all wildlife and humans.

http://www.queenofthesun.com/get-involved/10-things-you-can-do-to-help-bees/

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/26/environment/pesticides-suspected-in-minnesota-bee-deaths

http://www.xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators/

http://www.restoringthelandscape.com/

http://www.backyardbrevard.com/2013/05/celebrate-national-pollinator-week-in-june/