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Like Pumpkin Pie? At Thanksgiving We Need to Thank Pollinators
Did you realize, though, that without bees to pollinate the pumpkins, our traditional dessert would not be. And without pollinators like bees, bats, birds and butterflies, we could pretty much say goodbye to chocolate, coffee and almonds. Equally scarce would be most fruits and vegetables.

About 75 percent of the world’s food crops and native plants rely on pollinators to produce fruits and seeds. In the United States alone, insect pollinators contributed to more than $29 billion of crops in 2010.

Pollinators are just as important to sustaining functioning ecosystems and food for wildlife. Fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of birds and mammals, ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears.

Some bees are specialists that only pollinate certain plants. This squash bee works the Cucurbita crops—squash and pumpkins. Photo courtesy of Nancy Adamson and the Xerces Society via the Department of Agriculture

But pollinators are at risk from habitat loss, improper pesticide use and introduced diseases.

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) is doggedly working to conserve pollinators.

One of the strategies is so simple it is amazing. It’s called S.H.A.R.E. (simply have areas reserved for the environment).

S.H.A.R.E. encourages the public to share part of their lands with pollinators by providing food, shelter and water for them. The idea is that “everyone with a landscape can get involved in making a difference for pollinators.â€

That’s a great idea. As humanity spreads over more and more of the planet, we all need to be better stewards of the land and nature around us.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is proud to contribute to pollinator conservation and education. For example: We’re implementing recovery actions for federally listed pollinators like the lesser long-nosed bat and Lange’s metalmark butterfly, supporting monarch and bat conservation projects throughout the world, conducting native bee surveys on some refuges, , and holding workshops for teachers and camps for youth with pollinator-focused activities …

No one wants to see a world without the benefits that pollinators provide. Without them, the ability of agricultural crops and wild plants to produce food products and seeds is jeopardized.

This year after you do some stretching to make room for that extra slice of pumpkin pie, be sure to thank the squash bee that made the deliciousness possible, and remember the bats, bees and other pollinators that contribute to make so many of our foods possible and consider helping them out.
http://www.fws.gov/director/dan-ashe...nk-Pollinators
 

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Very well said Gary---and well worth taking every word to heart, beekeepers and non beekeepers.:thumbsup:
 

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"One of the strategies is so simple it is amazing. It’s called S.H.A.R.E. (simply have areas reserved for the environment).

S.H.A.R.E. encourages the public to share part of their lands with pollinators by providing food, shelter and water for them. The idea is that “everyone with a landscape can get involved in making a difference for pollinators.â€

That’s a great idea. As humanity spreads over more and more of the planet, we all need to be better stewards of the land and nature around us."
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thanks gary.....:grin:
 

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How is that S.H.A.R.E. thing going to work when your neighbor wants a quart of honey cause he planted bee friendly flowers in his flower bed.

Or better yet when the red neck neighbors quit mowing their lawn and let the weeds grow for your bees and expect honey in return.
 

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well that's true apis, but if it's a neighbor going to give me nothing but problems and complaining to the city council, and i can shut them up with some honey until i can get an ordinance passed i would do it and have done so......uh, not a quart though.......if an ordinance is passed......i will keep good friendships (and do) with my neighbors in the city, giving them a little 'sample' here and there, but they will have to buy my honey......also, funny thing, next door city neighbor, original owner, in his 70's....he has a pool (guess where the bees go sometimes for water.....:lol:) no issue, and none of his children or grandchildren. have invited his adult children and grandchildren to see nucs and hives up close, show them a queen, a frame of bees, honey, hold a drone, light the smoker, wear the veil, etc. they all think its cool.

he remarried to my widowed neighbor across the street.......long story, peyton place, and good stuff for gossip in the city neighborhood. anyway, we were good friends with her and her husband. i have known her for 20 years and brought honey over to her and her deceased husband. what does she do, she get's his grandkids all wound up, saying she has an allergy and yammering on about stings and blaming my bees, (an avid gardner, and vegetable gardner)..........
well her 'allergy' is normal reactions to stings. ALLERGY......GEEZ! i will tell you what an alllergy is......:lol:

anyway, all of my city neighbors are gardeners, whether its flowers, vegetables or both and have really been very supportive of me for the past 20 years, and are always asking questions. i do give out a little honey to them, or maybe some lip balm to their kids. i do know this, there awareness of honey bees has changed just because i am in the neighborhood. many of them will not use any insecticides or pesticides, and ask me what they can do or what more they can do......how cool is that?! so, we teach others to be better stewards sometimes the best way we can, and a little honey now and again doesn't hurt, it goes along way......:grin:
 

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I was waiting for your reply. It is the same with me I have 2 neighbors with pools, one on the other side of the back fence and the other right next door but all my are cool with the bees.
great reply River.
 

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"I was waiting for your reply. It is the same with me I have 2 neighbors with pools, one on the other side of the back fence and the other right next door but all my are cool with the bees.
great reply River.
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.......thanks apis, you know what i am saying!
 
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