Due to a wide array of reasons, both known and unknown, yearly beehive survival rates are alarmingly low. Beekeepers in the United States lost nearly 44% of their bee colonies between April 2015 and April 2016. Parasites, diseases, poor nutrition, pesticides, and colony collapse disorder (CCD) are the leading causes. Colony Collapse Disorder is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen. It is becoming increasingly common for a beekeeper to find a healthy hive completely abandoned.
YOU CARE BECAUSE ....
One in every three bites of food is directly or indirectly pollinated by honeybees. The death of colonies causes beekeepers to charge farmers more for pollinating crops and creates a scarcity of bees available for pollination. $15 billion worth of U.S. crops each year are completely reliant on honeybee pollination.
THINGS WE CAN DO
Happy Bee Outfitters donates a portion of all profits directly to organizations which support bees and beekeepers in the United States. In addition to supporting our business, there are many other things you can do at home to support the health of bee colonies.
PLANT A BEE-FRIENDLY GARDENFlowers that are indigenous to your area help feed bees and other pollinators. Planting a bee-friendly garden is a low cost, eco-friendly way to love the buzz. Check out the following page from The Honey Bee Conservancy on starting a bee-friendly garden!
REDUCE THE USE OF PESTICIDESThe use of pesticides while plants are in bloom and bees are feeding can be poisonous to bee habitats. Pesticides can also poison bees by drifting onto blooming plants or weeds.
SUPPORT LOCAL BEEKEEPERS IN THE AREA
Try to lookout for local organically grown fruits, vegetables and honey that help support beekeepers in your area.