A lot of people might be frightened of bees but not this guy! Meet Dr. Reese Halter! He is a nature explorer who brings his love of science and a gift for gab into the classroom to inspire kids like you!
He’s dropped by the Wild Wire to bring us a special message about bees, let’s listen up to find out the BZZZZZZ on this story.
Why Bees Matter!
To understand the importance of honeybees, consider that ever third bite on your plate is thanks to a bee. These insects stay busy carrying male pollen to female flowers; it is this cross-pollinating that allows plants to reproduce. Bees have a very BIG responsibility because they are the most important group of pollinators on Earth.
Honeybees help humans around the world by pollinating over 110 crops like almonds, apples, avocados, broccoli, cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, grapes, oranges, peaches, plums… just to name a few. They also pollinate cotton, which we use to make clothes, and 50% of the ingredients in your favorite flavor of ice cream! Bees have even been used by doctors to sniff out diseases by helping patients get early treatment for things like skin and lung cancers, diabetes and tuberculosis.
How are you like a bee?
Bees and humans share a lot of similarities. For instance, we both like to dance and sleep, vote and count, enjoy caffeine from coffee and tea, and sugar from plants.
Bees around the world are in trouble… because something called Colony Collapse Disorder, where suddenly many of the worker bees die, has been seen in many hives. There are over 20,000 known species of bees on the planet and it is up to us to make sure this diversity sticks around for good.
Get planting: This spring, ask your family and friends to plant lots of yellow and blue flowers in large blocks. These yellow and blue flowers will provide a safe source of pollen (which the bees use to make babies and smart brains) and nectar (which bees use to make honey – their only food source).
Get an eco-friendly garden: Encourage all the gardeners you know to say no to pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or miticides in the yard. Scientists now know that all these powerful man-made chemicals are causing trouble for bee populations.
-Respect and Protect our Planet Earth Dr. Reese: Scientist, Broadcaster and Author