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Help your local honey bees: Plant a bee-friendly garden

Pollinators like the honey bee are a huge part of how our food grows, but recently, honey bee populations have been in decline due to what scientists believe might be a mix of pesticide and fungicide use, pathogens, parasites, and environmental stressors. In support of Sierra Club Canada’s Save the Bees campaign, Polyester Studio animated a beautifully-illustrated promo to encourage the planting of bee-friendly gardens.

Here’s a short list of bee-friendly blooms for spring: Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, wild lilac, coreopsis (below), germander. In summer: Bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, hosta, russian sage. In autumn: Zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel, goldenrod. Happy honey bee example:


What else you can do to help: Avoid using herbicides or pesticides, support bee-friendly farming, and learn more about farming with native bees.

Related reading: What do bees pollinate? And yes, you heard that line in the video correctly: Bees can recognize human faces.

Related watching: More videos with bees, including their waggle dance. Plus: How to Create Your Own Monarch Butterfly Rest Stop.

Learn more offline…

The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive
by Joanna Cole (Author), Bruce Degen (Illustrator)
View this book on Amazon

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