Thanks to an exciting new partnership with Bayer and Pollinator Partnership, Earth Rangers Members will be able to help bees and other pollinators through the Bring Back the Wild Bees & Other Pollinators Project!

 

Pollinators in Canada face many challenges, including habitat loss. The Bring Back the Wild Bees & Other Pollinators Project will help ease the pressure of expanding urbanization with some strategic gardening, developing local native plant species lists and planting guides for attracting different types of pollinators. These consumer-friendly guides will cover several ecoregions across Canada and a diversity of landscapes, habitats, and pollinator species. Learn more about the project.

 

Here are 5 reasons why the protection of bees and other pollinators is so important:

 

1) They help keep our planet green

Hungry pollinators visit plants because they provide them with an important resource: nectar. This sweet, sugary liquid is produced in flowers and provides visitors with the energy they need to survive. When a pollinator lands on a flower to feed, it rubs up against the flower’s pollen grains, which stick to it’s body as it travels from flower to flower. The transfer of pollen from one flower to another is called pollination, and it is by this process that seeds are produced so that future plant generations can continue to grow.

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A hungry bee collects pollen while feeding on a flower

Besides being nice to look at, plants produce the oxygen we need to breathe, provide habitat for a number of animals, help control the world’s water supply, and regulate the climate. Nearly 80% of all flowering plants are pollinated by insects like bees, and without them many of these plant populations would decline, so it’s easy to see just how important they are.

 

2) They help us fill our farms with crops — and our plates with delicious food

Bees are the top pollinators in Canada and one of the most important groups of pollinators on Earth. Among the thousands of plant species they’re responsible for pollinating are a number of food crops that we enjoy every day, like apples, sweet potatoes and watermelon, just to name a few. One out of every three bites of food that we eat in Canada is made possible by pollinators, and the pollination services that both wild and managed pollinators provide are estimated to be worth $2.2 billion to Canadian agriculture every year!

The next time you enjoy these foods, be sure to thank a pollinator

The next time you enjoy these foods, be sure to thank a pollinator

3) They make life a whole lot sweeter

We know bees are responsible for helping to produce delicious fruits and veggies, but for those of you who have a sweet tooth, they’ve got you covered too! Honey bees use nectar to make honey, and this honey feeds the colony over the cold winter months when the bees cannot leave their hive and flowers are not blooming. A mature honey beehive can produce over 100 pounds of honey each season.

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Busy worker bees fill honeycombs with honey

4) They’re amazing dancers

Although it might not look like much to us, a bee’s mid-air buzzing is much more than just flying freestyle. If a bee on the hunt for nectar, pollen, water or habitat comes across an awesome spot, it will return home and perform a complex dance to share the location with members of the hive. These “waggle dances” can provide information about the distance, direction, and even quality of a site, all without saying a word.

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Bees leave the colony to find food

5) They need help to protect their homes

Unfortunately, some pollinator populations are declining. Pollinators in Canada face many challenges, including habitat loss from human development, which replaces areas of native plants with houses, roads, and even lawns and gardens. Without these native plants, pollinators lose the habitats and food sources they rely on.

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With lots of lavender to choose from, this bee has no problem finding a spot to rest up and refuel!

 

The Bring Back the Wild Bees & Other Pollinators Project is proudly supported by:

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In collaboration with:

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