Take Action to Protect Pollinators
Fours Steps to Success*
1. Recognize existing habitat.
2. Protect that habitat.
3. Provide new habitat for pollinators.
4. Manage land to maintain habitat and minimize disturbance
- Nesting and overwintering sites
- Avoid pesticide use, including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides in gardens. Herbicides eliminate some important food sources for bees and other pollinating animals. Insecticides and fungicides are increasingly implicated in serious pollinator declines.
Ground nesting bees
Keep or clear some exposed ground in a well drained, sunny part of your garden.
Minimize soil tilling or disturbance in areas designated as ground-nesting bee habitat.
Build a sand pit or pile in your garden or planter box, and keep the area weeded.
Bumble bee nest boxes can be dug into the soil in areas somewhat protected from the elements.
Wood and Tunnel Nesters
Leave dead snags and hollow stemmed plants in place.
Hollow stem plants (raspberries, grasses, bamboo) cut into 8”lengths and tied in bundles. Paper tubes work too!
Build a nesting block by drilling holes into a block of preservative-free lumber.
Keeping artificial nests clean is important to limit disease build-up and to maintain healthy bee populations.
Learn more at xerces.org
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation leads a campaign to “Bring Back the Pollinators” and are a source of excellent science-based information.
Some useful factsheets from xerces.org:
- Nests for Native Bees
- Tunnel Nests for Native Bees: Nest Construction and Management
- Conserving Bumble Bees
- Pollinator Conservation: Three Simple Steps to Help Bees and Butterflies
- Pacific Northwest Plants for Native Bees
B.C. wild bees in decline, urgent action needed, says expert
“If you want to help British Columbia’s wild bees, plant a garden.
That’s the message Elizabeth Elle, a professor of community and evolutionary ecology at Simon Fraser University, tried to get across at a recent presentation to Metro Vancouver about the decline of wild bees due to habitat loss and pesticide use.”