Bees Declared an Endangered Species

I’ve tended to livestock for five and a half years and occasionally I would find a bee floating in a water bucket. It usually amounted to about three bees each year. This year, however, I’ve been finding bees in water buckets every day since early September.

I scooped five bees today. They are still alive when I find them and hopefully they live after I set them free. I know how important bees are to the ecosystem and our food cycle, so I never kill a bee. I wonder why bees are ‘falling’ into the buckets. Is there something going on we should be concerned about? Are they particularly dumb this year as the weather cools and the days become shorter?

I don’t use chemicals in the garden, no herbicides or pesticides. It’s as organic as I can get it surrounded by large commercial dairy farms.

One thing is for certain, the population of bees is declining drastically each year. It’s been in the news for a long time now, and I wonder if we are doing enough to stop their decline.

Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” But we must remember, bees—particularly honey bees—are not the only pollinators. Butterflies, hummingbirds and the wind also carry pollen to fertilize the flower. So while the human population might decrease rapidly from starvation, the race won’t die out completely. There will still be food to eat if the people left know how to harvest it.

The United States is taking steps to protect the bees, and I wonder when Canada will follow suit. I also wonder how the glyphosate being sprayed on the woodlands in Nova Scotia will affect the wild bee population here. Will it kill the wildflowers the bees need to sustain themselves? Will it kill the trees in which they build their hives?

You can read more about this stupid and irresponsible mistake made by our government here: Round-up aka Glyphosate.

bee on dandelion

Here’s the article in which I learned about the US declaring bees an endangered species:

The United States is on a mission to save some of its busiest workers: bees.

In a first for bees in the nation, seven bee species native to Hawaii are now protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said it added the yellow-faced bee species to the federal list of endangered species Friday night after years of research concluded they are under threat. The rule is effective October 31.

Bees pollinate plants producing fruit, nuts and vegetables, and are crucial for the nation’s food industry.

…continue reading this article at Bees placed on endangered species list—a first in the US.

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