How to support native bees and enjoy their many benefits

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Pollinators are responsible for about 75% of the food we eat. The European honeybee is the most well-known, but our native bees are also critically important.

We can help our native bees and gardens by reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides and providing shelter as well as food and water.

About 70% of our native bees are ground-nesting. Reduce the risk of conflicts with ground-nesting bees. Create an inviting habitat away from prime gardening areas. Leave warm south-facing spaces open for bees to establish their in-ground nests.

Wood and cavity-nesting bees, like the leafcutter bee, make up about 30% of our native bee population. Others nest in hollow plant stems so leave these, their homes, stand for winter.”

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