The bees are disappearing...
It is estimated that in the US alone, more than
24 BILLION bees have disappeared since Spring 2006.
A honeybee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a single flight of pollen collection.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about one-third of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants and that the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of this pollination.
The Bee Trail map was created in response to the devestating number of Honey bee losses since 2006. The goal of the Bee Trail Project is to protect the Honeybee (and all other native pollinators) by having as many households gardens, public spaces, schools... within 3 mile radius of a recognized hive and make those spaces bee friendly.
View The Bee Tail Map
indicated the location of a naturally raised hive.
How to Join The Bee Map
indicated this location is bee friendly.
indicated a bee friendly public space.
It's simple... become BEE friendly, fill out our Bee Trail Map Survey then once your application has been approved then you will become a part of the growing map of individuals that have chosen to make a difference! Thank you for being a part of the solution!
Actions promoting bee health:
- Join the Bee Trail Map by committing to make your yard bee friendly then let us know and we will put you on the map (names and your actual addresses will not added to the map unless otherwise noted). This is a fun way to see how both you and the neighborhood are impacting the Queen's Domain.
- Plant bee-friendly plants and trees in your yard. Consider plants that bloom not only in the summer flowers and late flowers but but also consider bee-friendly spring blooms: the bees need the spring pollen to make food for their young. Ask your local garden store for advice or visit Northern Nectar Sources for Honeybees.
- Bees love dandelions, clover and plantain. Consider changing from a perfectly manicured chemically-laden lawn to a bee and bird friendly lawn.
- Bees need water just like any other creature. Water helps to maintain the hive temperature and humidity level. Water is needed for thirsty growing bees. Some honeybees' main task in life is carting water. Each bee may make typically 50 trips a day, each time collecting about 25 mg of water. When the colony is very short of water other foraging bees are diverted from collecting nectar and pollen to join in the effort. Consider providing a clean source of water such as a fountain. Once honeybees have located a good source of water they tend to continue using it, even when other sources become available.
- Buy raw, local, honey. If available, buy honey from bees raised organically or biodynamically. Honey is the only food that has no expiration date: it doesn't spoil.
- Eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides in your garden. Bees need food without poison for themselves and their hive just like we do!
- Eliminate the use of dryer sheets. The chemicals on those sheets are released into the air when heated in the dryer, potentially interfering in the bees ability to "smell" pollen flows. The same is true for other strong scented laundry detergents etc.
- Sign up to host a hive on your property, when swarms are caught and additional hives become available.
- Become a beekeeper yourself. For the real enthusiasts, start your beekeeping career with a topbar hive, which is healthier for the bees.
- Support local and national beekeepers.
If you have any questions or comments please feel to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.