Don’t Step On A Bee Day
In addition to being careful not to step on any bees, see how you can help save these crucial creatures from disease and other threats of extinction.
In addition to being careful not to step on any bees, see how you can help save these crucial creatures from disease and other threats of distinction.
Don’t Step On A Bee Day is an important reminder that the fate of the common bee lies in the balance – with bee numbers in some countries reducing to only half in the last decade with no apparent cause, it’s vital that humans take care to maintain bee populations, pollination and honey production. And that’s exactly what Don’t Step On a Bee Day is all about!
History of Don’t Step On a Bee Day
A centuries-old superfamily of insects that contains more than 20,000 different species, bees are small but mighty! Through the process of pollination, these little guys offer an important service to plants that are unable to fertilize themselves. In their daily foraging through the gardens, parks and wooded areas, bees can fly several kilometers away from their hives, spreading around the nectar and pollen they pick up.
Don’t Step on a Bee Day got its start through Ruth and Thomas Roy, but has grown in popularity over the past few years, especially due to the global focus of protecting the bees. Sure, the day can simply be a way of reminding children to be careful where they walk, but it certainly has the potential to do much more than that as well.
Pay some respect and give those bees the accolades they deserve on Don’t Step On a Bee Day!
How to Celebrate Don’t Step On a Bee Day
Enjoy and celebrate Don’t Step On a Bee Day with a variety of bee-friendly activities and events, including some of these ideas:
Take Care of the Bees
Not only is Don’t Step On a Bee Day a good time to be more careful about walking in the garden or the park, it’s also an important time to consider other ways that these vital little winged insects can be helped out to live their best and most sustainable life.
Try out some of these ways to take care of the bees:
- Purchase Sustainable Honey. It’s important to be sure that the honey used in each household comes from local honey sources that are protective and sustainable for bees. It might be a bit more expensive, but it’s totally worth it to take care of the planet.
- Get Rid of Pesticides. Sure, insects and other garden pests can be a problem, but insecticides and pesticides can be a serious problem for the health of bees. Instead, try ridding the garden of pests using natural remedies.
- Teach Kids About Bees. Parents and teachers can take this opportunity to help children become more aware about the part they can play in helping the environment by learning more about caring for the bees.
Grow a Bee Friendly Garden
An excellent way to celebrate Don’t Step On a Bee Day is to be sure that the bees want to hang out. Do this by fostering and growing plants that encourage healthy bee activity. Bees enjoy diversity so growing local, native flowers in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes is attractive to these little guys. Try to include important pollinators not only through flowers but also through vegetable gardens.
Not only that, but bees tend to enjoy hanging out in spaces that are a bit messy – so here’s permission to let those wild dandelions or other “weeds” grow. And if the neighbors complain? Tell them it’s for the bees!