Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Saving Oklahoma's Bees - BGJftWT I2

Saving Oklahoma's Bees - BGJ for The Wild Things - Issue 2

So, last month when we took that long trip to Poteau, Oklahoma for the native pollinators course, there was a news team from a Tulsa station there. They were working on a story about the alarming decline in Oklahoma's bee population. They caught my husband and I outside on a break and did a little interview about why we were there and what we hoped to learn. They only aired a small clip from the interview, but I love that they chose the part where I was talking about letting the dandelions grow in my yard for the bees! But, as I'm trying to go into more detail about why I let them grow, my husband comments that our daughter picks them, and it's pretty funny, and then our clip is over. Oh well, even though I didn't get to give any more rationale behind my dandelion loving behavior other than "the bees like them", I'm very proud that my little bit made it into the story, which is an important story that I believe more Oklahoman's need to become aware of. Things like native gardening, planting for pollinators, organic yards, and backyard wildlife habitats aren't exactly booming in my state. The norm is lots of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and the all too common war between neighbors to see who can get the greenest, neatest, "weed" free lawn in the neighborhood. With that said, I'm seeing a slow change as more and more Oklahoman's are becoming interested in a different type of relationship with their yard. A relationship that gives up some of that "control" as well as a willingness to share their space with our animal and insect friends such as bees. This is a very good story, but it only scratches the surface. I encourage everyone to watch it and then do some more research about what you can do locally in your area! In addition to leaving the dandelions in my yard, I've also been growing a little bee and butterfly garden. My daughter has been helping me with it and she loves going outside to see what new flowers are blooming! We also added a insect hotel that provides shelter for bees, butterflies, and other insects. It took a few weeks, but we finally have a couple of bees that have claimed space in it. Remember, everything is connected! The more we can live in harmony the better off we ALL are - human, critter, and insect! Bees are very important in the scheme of things. So much more important than most people realize. To learn even more you can read my earlier post about pollinator conservation.

Here is the link to the news story. Please watch and enjoy! xoxo

Saving Oklahoma's Bees

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