A Non Profit
Welcome to Bee Native
Survival of the bees is as essential to our food production and natural environment as the soil the crops grow from. One third of our food requires pollination by insects. Bees are disappearing from our landscapes, world wide, in an epidemic known, since 2006, as Colony Collapse Disorder. The sensitive, delicate nature of the bee's physical systems has left it vulnerable to the, often fatal effects of man's current agricultural methods and other pollutants.
As the population of bees and their health decline Bee Native advocates for organic management to eliminate harmful substances from their environment. The stewardship of the bee colonies in Bee Native's projects are directed under the guidance of the foremost authorities in the fields of environmental science and chemical-free bee keeping.
Complex, efficient and productive, the bee world has much to teach us. It is a remarkable mirror to reflect on and it delivers a daunting message with clarity. "Protection of our lands and one of its smallest yet essential inhabitants is what gives us at Bee Native purpose, power and the spirit to see possibilities."
This is a Call to Action to halt a tragedy. The Bees, the environment, the growers, the consumers and the beekeepers are all directly impacted.
Why we formed
Honeybee health has been truly compromised. Bees have been disappearing in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the recent widespread global disappearance of honeybees from commercial bee farms, backyard apiaries and the natural landscape.
In the year 2014 to 2015 a survey (conducted by Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America, funded by the USDA ) found colony losses of 40%.
Honeybees are responsible for pollination of approximately one-third of the food we consume in America, valued at more than $15 billion.
The decrease in plant and tree pollination will result in less food.
The leaders of Bee Native looked at the causes of CCD and decided to develop wholly unique national mitigation strategies and seek to promote organic beekeeping.
Why, how and what we do
Over the millennium our connection and relationship to our environment has changed markedly. Now, more than ever before, we can really see and feel the many impacts of our presence on the planet.
BeeNative’s goal is to mitigate this impact on our environment.
We help increase pollination by improving the health and population of honeybees.
We train students in organic beekeeping and the importance of genetically diverse bees.
We do not use chemicals in our beekeeping practices. Chemical use can lead to CCD.
Production of honey, chemical free wax, wax products and bee breeding can provide sustainable micro business opportunities.
What your contribution will do
You will help strengthen the depleted honeybee population.
You will help increase pollination of flowering trees, crops, herbs, vegetables and wild flowers.
You will help increase food production.
You will be providing unique environmental education opportunities and collaborations.
You will help connect people to the natural environment. Training to keep bees organically heightens awareness of the environment, it’s role in our health and the health of the planet.
You will provide Bee Native with opportunities to educate people in all walks of life about how to avoid use of insecticides and herbicides that kill bees and provide effective alternative methods.
Our long-term goals
Bee Native will extend its training and apiary-building to any group, company or institute providing environmental education, apiaries and bees.