Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Spirit for Mother Nature
Here are two more great ideas that give back to Mother Nature. These ideas are simple and easy, and one that young children will have fun helping you with.
Here are some fun Bee facts:
The Bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man. Source: Canadian Association of Professional Agriculturalists, Statement on Honey Bee Colony Losses (2015).
Bees have good colour vision. That’s why flowers are so showy. They especially like blue, purple, violet, white and yellow. Source- Suzuki, David. “Create a bee-friendly garden”. David Suzuki Foundation
The honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to nine kilometers, and as fast as twenty five kilometers per hour. Source – 20 Amazing Honey Bee Facts!.
There has been a lot in the news about the decline of our Bees. There are several reasons for this, one being the use of pesticides and fungicides and the other being the Varro Mite – a blood sucking parasite that can kill off an entire bee colony.
Want to help keep the bees healthy?
Create a pollinator garden. There is scientific evidence that digging and playing in dirt is beneficial for children, so have them help you help plant the flower seeds in the garden. A pollinator garden just isn’t for the honey bees, but for all the different species of bees and pollinators in North America.
The more colourful, the better! Planting indigenous plants will also ensure better growth success for your garden.
Now that your garden is done, make a bee bath. Better yet, make two bee baths and give one as a gift this christmas – the only thing the recipient of this gift needs to do is add water!
Want to find our more bee facts, and how you can help #bringbackthebees, check out the Honey Nut Cheerios site.
Green Your Hood
Something as simple as organizing a “pick up garbage in your neighbourhood” day is a great first step – just do something that will help Mother Nature and in the process of doing so, you will help create the next generation of environmental stewards.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hiking!