On Saturday 15th August 2020, beekeepers and bee enthusiasts all over North America will once again celebrate their favorite insect – the humble honey bee.
While many of us have been unable to travel in recent months due to Covid 19, these wonderful creatures have continued to do their bit for the planet. Nature keeps on going, even when we have to go on pause.
This awareness day was set up in 2009 as a way to educate people about the honey bees and to bring together bee keepers, associations, enthusiasts, and anyone interested in learning about bees.
Over the years, it’s only grown in popularity to the day it is now. While some of the events will be affected this year, there’s usually classes, tasting sessions, talks, conferences, movie showings and so much more happening up and down the country.
According to HoneyLove – Urban Beekeepers, the main goals of national honey bee day are:
Honey bees are super pollinators. In their tireless work to collect nectar and pollen from different flowers, they are also carrying this pollen from flower to flower, enabling the plants to reproduce.
Why is this so important? Well, without this pollination, many delicious fruits and vegetables simply wouldn’t grow. In fact, 1/3 of the food we eat wouldn’t even be an option anymore! This is because many plants are pollinator dependent, meaning we can’t grow them without the help of our honey bee friends. Other insects do help with pollination, but honey bees are the most prolific.
In recent years, the population of our honey bees has been in decline. There are a number of factors contributing to this. There has been an increase in parasites in bee colonies and pesticides that are sprayed on crops can have an adverse effect on bees.
Then of course there is climate change. Some bees can only live in a narrow range of temperatures, so if there is an unseasonal warm or cold spell, this can wipe colonies out.
Awareness is always the first step in solving any problem, which is why National Honey Bee Awareness Day is so important. We can discover new ways to protect and help the honey bees in North America through education and holding events so that more people are aware of their plight and the little things they can do in their own gardens to help.
At Caseco, the natural world is always at the forefront of our minds. It’s for this reason that 1% on all sales – not just profit – go to a variety of charities, including 1% For The Planet and Plastic Oceans.
We also try and do our bit to reduce the climate change that is so affecting our honey bee population. Our collection of Eco friendly phone cases are made with recycled plastic an zero animal products, as well as being shipped in small boxes made from 100% recyclable paper and soy ink.