On this week’s Earthlinks, host Deb Biechler explores what we can do to help sustain bees and other pollinators in our community. To find answers to this question, she spoke with Michael Murray, a pesticide specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Elizabeth Meils, a state apiarist. Both say that there are plenty of ways we can help. There is certainly still hope for these small but crucial critters.
You don’t need to invest in your own beehive to start making a difference (although in Madison, you can if you want to). It can be as simple as planting some flowers and keeping pesticides away from bee-friendly plants. Hate mowing your lawn? If you do it a little less often, the pollinators will thank you.
For more opportunities to help, you can take a look at the Pollinator Protection Plan, published last spring. There are sections for lawn and garden owners, beekeepers, and farmers. Each gives a detailed list of actions you can take to maintain habitats that are conducive to pollinators. Every small action can make a big difference.