Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Celebrate Pollinator Day!

Tomorrow, Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating Pollinator Day and I would like to honor my favorite pollinators of the world.  There are many different pollinators including bats, hummingbirds  & butterflies.  But the one I am most fond of is the honey bee because without them, we humans would starve.  We'd die out.  We would cease to be.

Honey bees play a huge part in our every day lives that most people don't even realize.  One-third of all the food we eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination.  These little guys are responsible for the survival of 95 types of fruit.  And they are hard workers.  The most industrious worker bee can pollinate up to 2,000 plants in a single day!

But they're in trouble.  Colonies are dying out in droves.  CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder, is a mysterious epidemic affecting these creatures.  Some people attribute this to be the effects of habitat loss, immune system damage, and the over use of pesticides.  While other theories have included that cell phone/Wi-Fi signals are affecting the bees.  A 2007 study performed in Switzerland found that the signals confused bees in flight, they became lost and could not find their way back to the hive.

However, there are ways we can help our bee friends.  Many websites are devoted to their conservation and offer helpful tips such as planting pollinator gardens, building bee boxes, and limiting or avoiding the use of pesticides.  And Disney is also offering helpful tips and fun activities tomorrow, as well.  If you're near the Animal Kingdom be sure to visit Rafiki's Planet Watch for fun events devoted to the pollinator.  There will be live bees on display for public viewing, demonstrations on how to create a pollinator garden, as well as fun games and activities the entire family can enjoy.

by Brooke (twitter: @Brooke1248)

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