How We Can Help Save The Bees and Butterflies
Hey Calico Babes! I wanted to chat today about why it’s important to be mindful of the bee and butterfly population and what we can do to help reverse and further avoid their endangerment. From the 1990's, the bee population has decreased drastically. This is affecting us and will continue to affect us unless we make a change!
Without bees, we wouldn't have the luxury of such variety at the grocery store. Prices of food would go up and the options would go waaay down. When I learned that we wouldn't have coffee if we didn't have bees, I KNEW I needed to take action.
Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, etc- all the chemicals that are going into our food- are the biggest contributors to the decline in bees as well as butterflies. Habitat destruction and a climate change are other things that are believed to be causes. Although those issues may seem like things out of our reach, the good news is, there's actually a lot we can do to help save the bee and butterfly population, starting with our own backyard. Here’s a few things you can do to help the bees and butterflies…
EAT ORGANIC AND LOCAL
Don't support the industry that is contaminating their crops with GMOs and pesticides. I could write a mile long blog post as to why this is important, and I probably will, but in the meantime check out this video. If possible, choose to support local organic farmers instead of big name corporations at the grocery store. Learn more about the importance of supporting your local farmer here.
PLANT BEE AND BUTTERFLY FRIENDLY FLOWERS AND HERBS!
Lavender, sage, cilantro, thyme, butterfly bushes, geraniums, buttercups, sunflowers, heliotropes, echinacea and yarrow-just to name a few-are great for bees and butterflies. Not only will planting flowers help the bees and butterflies, but it will make your yard look lovely!
KEEP YOUR YARD AND GARDEN ORGANIC
Stay away from lawn chemicals, toxic fertilizer, pesticides, etc, and most importantly, KEEP YOUR WEEDS! Most “weeds” are not actually weeds and are very beneficial to the environment as well as the bees and butterflies. Growing a yard and garden without the use of pesticides or herbicides IS possible and most definitely should be how it’s done!
CREATE A WATERING STATION
Something so simple and easy could make a huge difference for bees, especially on these hot summer days. All you need are some marbles or rocks, a pan, and water to set up a watering station in your backyard so bees can stay hydrated and full of energy. If you're interested, Pinterest has some great DIY watering station ideas.
EDUCATE YOURSELF AND THOSE AROUND YOU
Learn what you can do to help the bees and butterflies and let others know so they can do the same! Nothing is too small to make a difference.
Well, I'm off to save the bees and butterflies. Until next time, darlings!