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What Can You Do to Help the Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is devastating bees and keepers alike. In addition to
checking out the organizations that Big Dipper supports, you can also learn more about CCD and ways to encourage sustainable beekeeping practices by visiting the following websites:

Organic Consumers Association

Håagen Dazs Help the Honey Bees

The Barefoot Beekeeper

Plant a Pollinator Friendly Garden
Honeybees and plants need each other to survive. Without plant nectar and pollen, honeybees would have no food. If honeybees did not pollinate the plants, many would not be able to reproduce. Around 40% of the food we eat depends on pollination by insects like honeybees, so you can imagine the impact the loss of these hardworking insects would have on your daily life.
Honeybee populations are increasingly in danger due to urban sprawl, pesticide use in agriculture, and climate change It is essential that we do our  part to protect the health of honeybees everywhere. Their future is our future! Support healthy hives for years to come by turning part of your world into a bee friendly habitat.

Here are several annual and perennial flowers that attract and encourage beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewings, ground beetles and BEES!!
  • California Poppy       
  • Baby’s Breath           
  • Lacy Phacelia  
  • Evening Primrose
  • Blanket Flower
  • Baby Blue Eyes       
  • Purple Coneflower       
  • Shasta Daisy          
  • Black eyed Susan      
  • Coriander, Slowbolt      
  • Microclover        
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Candytuft
  • California Bluebells
  • Lance-leaved Coreopsis
  • Tidy Tips
  • Plains Coreopsis
  • White Yarrow
  • Johnny Jump up