For at least a decade, research has shown that although the number of beekeepers is on the rise, more honeybee hives are failing each year, said Victoria Wojcik, research director of the Pollinator Partnership , one of the largest North American nonprofits focused on the decline. The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.
What can you do to promote and protect pollinators?
Plant for pollinators
Cultivate native plans, especially those that provide nectar and larval food for pollinators – FREE Ecoregional Pollinator Planting Guides
Install houses for bats and native bees
Supply salt or mineral licks for butterflies and water for all wildlife
Reduce pesticide use
Substitute flower beds for lawns
Watch for pollinators
Join the Pollinator Partnership at Get Involved
Volunteer for pollinator-friendly organizations and garden groups
Experience time outdoors and work with plants and animals
VOTE! Make your voice be heard for conservation and pollinators
Reduce your impact
Buy locally produced or organic food
Walk, cycle, use public transit, carpool, telecommute
Reduce your consumption – reduce, recycle, reuse
Visit the Pollinator Partnership’s website for more information: www.pollinator.org
Milton’s own, Sebastian Wright, has garnered a lot of “Buzz” around town and beyond because of his love for bees. Young Sebastian was introduced to the life of bees by his mother, Michelle, when he was 9 years old. The family attended a hive, and one day, Michelle noticed the hive was unusually quiet. To her dismay, the hive had collapsed, no more bees. She told “Seb” the bees had moved on to another hive but over time the guilt took over and she told Seb the truth. Seb wanted to know more, he wanted to know why his bees died. We have come to learn the hives are affected by mites and pollutants in their drinking water from pesticide runoff. Young Seb decided he wanted to do something about the dwindling bee population and he created, Milton’s Billion Backyard Bee Project. It has become a family affair with Mom, Dad and his siblings pitching in with every aspect of the project. The family’s goal is to have 20 hives in Milton, as of today, there are 10, unfortunately, they lost 2 in the past year from the 12 they were tending. The support from the community has been strong, the Fruit Center sponsors two hives so the family can continue their good work. Today Seb is 13, a vibrant, young middle school student who has complete command of his subject. Our Garden Club was treated to a display of different types of honey and how they are “made” along with a BEE-ngo game that gave us insight into bee life and its importance to our own survival. You can follow Seb and his family on their Facebook page and look for articles written by reporters from: The Boston Globe, Edible Boston, The Patriot Ledger and more.
Keep up the good work,Sebastian!