First tidbit of trivia to set the scene: Did you know that BC has over 450 species of native bees? That's more species of bees in one province than there are species of birds in all of Canada! These include many species of bumble bees, mason bees, sweat bees, mining bees, carpenter bees, hairy belly bees, etc. All of these bees are very important for native plants since they help these plants reproduce by pollinating their flowers. Many of these bee species also help to pollinate your garden plants and ensure larger, more plentiful fruits and veggies!
Bees are responsible for pollinating one 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat. They are important little bugs! We should definitely be worried when around 75% of honeybee hives in the US died last winter. The bees need our help!
Check back to hear about the Quest University hives, theories on why bee populations are declining, and what you can do to help the bees (there will be some exciting volunteer opportunities coming up this fall that involves planting a LOT of native flowers and plants at Quest University, too!). I'll also update with some information and photos from research I'm helping with that investigates blueberry pollination in Greater Vancouver. I'll also throw in bee musings of all types that I come across. Thanks for reading!