As of this writing, more than 5000 hives and millions of bees have been destroyed by the Australia bush wire. This eventful phenomenon lasted for 74 days, consuming the lives of many natural flora and fauna entities. So, when thousands of species are on the verge of extinction, why it is essential to focus on just honey bees. While it is largely unnecessary to channel the emphasis on bees, they are left out of the conversation when it comes to saving wildlife. But the attention is now more evident than ever before.
A Closer Look
For better apprehension, let’s say that this small but mighty creature, is responsible for two-thirds of food production in the world. If this isn’t fascinating enough, more than 130 varieties of food and vegetables are thriving because of the pollination performed by bees. To add it to their nutshell, the active participation in feeding process all over the world can become an intensive topic of a scientific study in the future if we fail to save them from the extinction. While in theory this is conveyed effortlessly, in practical application, it is much more convoluted.
A World Without Bees
To utter a bitter truth, bees are disappearing rapidly. If there are no more bees mean there is no more pollination. Intended towards, no more pollination means no more strawberries, tomatoes, apples, coffee, chocolate, almonds, or other vegetation as a figure of speech. With that being said, while looking at the major adversaries of honey bees, some common names begin to pop up, such as insecticides, pollution of water sources, mono-crop culture, industrial beekeeping practice, and most importantly bush fires, like the recent Australian bush wire.
These controllable fires can scorch hundreds and thousands of acres in just a matter of seconds. This includes beekeeping farms and hives as well. So, how can one protect bees from this so-called force of nature? Let’s take a look.
Measures for Better
While it is impracticable to address all of the bush wires, we can shift our focus towards the Australian bushfires. In that sense, local authorities and beekeepers present at that distressing time cleverly prevented a major upset by protecting the lives of bees and hives within their reach with some emergency measures. These can be used as a reference guide for any future calamity such as this.
The first thing they did is to move the beehives away from the immediate dangers of fire. The next action is to feed the bees with sugar water, as the natural vegetation of that area is destroyed. Finally, the point they stressed out is that bees are strong and resilient creatures, they have been around a lot longer than humans, so it is better not to intervene in their natural proceedings.
As short-term residents for this beautiful planet, humans consume its resources and exploit its assets, while not giving anything back in return. So, now is the time to take your responsibility to protect and preserve your fellow neighbors (Honey bees) due to their significance to earth and its belongings, including you!