Going forward in your future beekeeping expedition, there’s great news ahead. But first the bad news. Although there are still thousands of species left across the earth, most of the bee colonies in existence are threatened, one way or another. And if they’re not threatened, as is the case in many parts of the world, they are endangered, as is the alarming case in some parts of the world. There are a number of reasons for this, but this may come as a surprise to some of you reading this for the first time, most, if not all of these reasons are manmade.
Before we suggest ways on how to save bees from extinction, and before we inspire you to do this, we need to go through a few reasons why the world’s bee colonies are either threatened or endangered. We also need to talk about the signs to look out for where it seems that everything’s still alright for the bees in your neighbourhood or area. As far as we are concerned, there’s a good reason why life has its ironies. It’s there to make us more aware of what’s going on around us. But one of the greatest ironies of our human existence is that, so preoccupied as we are with our own lives, we barely notice if at all, the things that flora and fauna, including the millennia of bees still left behind have already noticed.
That’s why they migrate. If they can. That’s why bees migrate too. Some colonies, if they can. But not all can. Some plant species by way of the bees transporting their seeds and pollen across vast landmasses, even the ocean on some occasions, can survive through migration. But there are still hundreds of other species that can’t. And when that happens, they die. And when the plants die, the animals die too. Bees being the hardy creatures that they are can survive, but they’re always flying against the odds where mankind is concerned.
While some honourable men and women are working hard to find more ways on how to save bees from extinction, many millions more are doing untold damage to the natural environments in which the bees must live, work and thrive. Never mind the many factories and thousands of cars on our roads already, we are doing damage right in our own backyard. First of all, those of us who are fortunate enough to have gardens are so preoccupied with ridding it of what are perceived to be pests. So, as a result, we spew gallons of poisonous pesticide over our plants every season. Many of the creatures that we kill are not pests at all.
Far from it. In fact, they’re necessary to keep the garden alive. And while pesticide dust is being thrown all over the garden, there’s a fair to good chance that we’re harming the bees in it as well. So, as the bees either die or move on, the plants are left to fend for itself and because they still need our proper custodianship, often not given, they end up wilting, drying up and dying. Many parts of the world are now afflicted with severe droughts which bring the lives of flora and fauna to a horrific standstill. The droughts that many of us are experiencing are caused by global warming and climate change.
And global warming and climate change is caused by mankind. It’s as simple as that and there’s no point in debating the facts. Now for the good news. One of the greatest ways that we can help to ensure the survival of bee species in general is to start up our own apiary. In order to ensure that we are successful in our endeavours, there will be key areas of beekeeping that we must stay focused on. We already mentioned one factor earlier. The use of poisonous pesticides must end now. Read these words again; no more pesticides.
Nature and the bees within it need to be given a deserved chance to get back to work. As it turns out, if we can just step aside for a few years, the animals and plants of this world are more capable than we are at ensuring that the earth and all its resources can survive and flourish. But this can now only happen if we get actively involved. While some may take a while to get going in order to set up their first beehive, they can get actively busy on the social media networks. Most of us are already on these networks.
We would not be here if we were not. We can begin by spreading the word on what needs to be done to save the world’s bees. One alarm bell we could just all ring to try and get others to sit up and take notice is this one. Spread this around. If the bees don’t survive, then neither will the flora and fauna. And if the flora and fauna start dying out, then so will we. It’s as simple as that.