I want to share with you about my big buzz this week. I am a mom so to talk about me having a buzz seems liberal and wild right?!
*read with caution it’s a real stinger!
I checked my right winged viewpoints at the door and took on this crazy venture.
I just spent the last few days with a group of bloggers. I had only met one of them in person before so the others I only knew through the internet…kind of crazy! You never know what to expect when you get a group of bloggers from across the country together. It is non-stop talking, sharing, commenting, eating and social media madness….did I mention eating? When in the south you get your fair share of chicken n biscuits, sweet tea and southern comfort! My waist line does not love me right now for all the delicious calories I ate and drank but tomorrow is a new day right!?
There is this very innovative company you may have heard about them before by the name of Bayer. Bayer is doing big things in a vast array of areas from lawn care, medical, animal care and plants. We had the chance to visit the Headquarters in North Carolina.
We were there to tour the brand new facilities, Bee Care Center and greenhouses while celebrating the ground breaking of yet another new state of the art greenhouse. I am about as adventures as they come, but there are a few things that terrify me…Bees and Snakes.
Some would avoid their fears but I decided to take these Honey Bees head on. We toured the Bee Care Center and I may have gotten an adrenaline….. Buzz.
I sucked in my gut from all the chicken and biscuits, put on my big girl pants and I made it through the tour and even had a little fun with my fear.
There are a lot of rumors about Honey Bees. It is a Fact that I do not like them but I understand how important they are to our environment.
So the good news is that Honey Bees are not on the verge of extinction. The number of bee colonies in North America declined after WWII. Since the 90’s the number of colonies has remained stable in the US and has actually increased by 45% worldwide.
I hear a lot about bee health and concern over pesticide use. Like most major issues there are multiple factors affecting the bees such as parasites, diseases, inadequate nutrition, lack of forage, off label pesticide use and even hive management practices.
There is this little creature called a Varroa mite which is one of the largest threats to the honey bee. This is a really funny photo, it is a blown up varroa mite. If my friend Katie was a bee this is the size that the mite would be.
My son Parker asked me upon my return “Mom, how can you care for the Bees when you don’t even care for bees?” This is a good question. We all should care for the bees even if we are scared of their stinger. The easiest way to take part in helping our bees is to join the Feed a Bee initiative. Bayer has taken the lead to expand the forage for bees in 2015. They want to grow 50 million flowers providing additional acreage for the bees. Feed a Bee by planting Pollinator Wildflowers!
I am happy to report I am no longer buzzing after my visit and my right winged mind is a little more open when it comes to the Bee population.