In an effort to raise awareness for the decline in honeybee populations around the world, they are helping fund research for scientists to learn more about the problem and find solutions. Over the last three years, one in three honeybee colonies has died. Scientists are calling the phenomenon CCD for Colony Collapse Disorder. In CCD cases, all of the bees in a colony abruptly disappear, deserting the hive.
Fast Honeybee Facts:
One of every three bites the average American eats is directly attributed to honey bee pollination.
Honey bees are responsible for the pollination of more than 100 crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
They provide 80 percent of the country's pollination services.
Without honey bee pollination, one-third of our food supply would be in jeopardy.
How You Can Help Honeybees:
Tweet using #helphoneybees: For every tweet between Nov. 5-11 that includes #HelpHoneyBees, Häagen-Dazs will donate $1 to the University of California at Davis, which is doing great research into Colony Collapse Disorder. The donations are capped at a maximum of $500 for each of the 7 days (a total of $3,500). Find out more...For easy copying and pasting:
Häagen-Dazs to donate $1 for every #HelpHoneyBees tweet Nov. 5-11 to fund Colony Collapse Disorder research http://su.pr/5oMnCY (via @NWF)
Learn more about Häagen-Dazs' efforts to "Help the Honeybees": Not only can you spark donations through Twitter, but also with your "bee built" ice cream purchases. They even created a special flavor as a tribute: Vanilla Honey Bee.
Turn your garden into a Certified Wildlife Habitat™: Provide habitat suitable for bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
More Honeybee info:
"The Buzz on Native Pollinators" - National Wildlife® magazine: As European honeybees decline, indigenous bees and other pollinating animals can
There's a lot more detail at the site... I know that we're establishing a new hive in the spring on our acreage, hoping to avoid CCD in the hive.
Take a look at the article, go take a look at http://HelptheHoneyBees.com, do a good thing, if you have a balcony or a back yard you can help.