What Can We Do?

Make a Watering Station

This one is so easy: Find a shallow plate/dish. Place at ground level where you’ve noticed bee activity. Place a few flat stones or broken chunks of terracotta in it to create places to land and rescue options in case anyone falls in. Add fresh water but don’t submerge the stones. Biologists believe that bees probably find most of their water by scent rather than sight, so a water source with a smell will be more attractive. Water that smells like wet earth, moss, aquatic plants, worms, decomposition, or even chlorine, has a better chance of attracting a bee than sparkling water straight from the tap. To avoid creating a mosquito breeding ground, however, you may want to change the water every few days.

Plant for Pollinators

Gardening with native pollinators in mind is a win-win-win situation: you build a visually beautiful space to enjoy throughout the year, providing pollen and nectar sources for our flying friends, and get the added bonus of better pollination throughout your garden, which means more fruit/veg/etc. Rather than make our own list, we love the information that the folks at Rethink Red Deer have put together to Plant a Pollinator-Friendly Garden.

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