Now that it's Spring and before long it'll be Summer, it won't be long until you'll see many more bees. Bees are the true 'master gardeners.' Their collection of nectar also spreads the pollen of flowers from one plant to another. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and most plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators. When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens—the male reproductive organ of the flower—sticks to the hairs of the bee's body. It is transferred to another plant, and the pollination that occurs causes the plant to produce. Bees are the primary pollinators for many of our crops including apples, peaches, pears, blueberries, cucumbers, squash, watermelons & cantaloupes and many more.
OF course, bees use the nectar to make honey. They need it to survive, but we humans enjoy the excess they produce as well. A single bee can produce up to one tablespoon of honey in its lifetime.
Lincoln Charter School has begun a honeybee and pollinator project at its Denver campus in an effort to teach students the importance of caring for some of nature’s smallest organisms that have a huge impact on our lives.
Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you eat has a direct connection to a pollinator? Lincoln Charter wants to show students our very personal connection to native pollinators. They have installed a honeybee hive on school grounds and are planning a garden that will support the honeybees as well as attract other native pollinators.
Of course, honeybees can also raise a sense of unease for some students and families because stings can be uncomfortable for anyone and for some who are allergic, they can be dangerous. That's one reason they've taken special care in choosing a location for their hive. The hive location, or apiary, is situated so that an individual can view the hive while also keeping a safe, comfortable distance (adjacent to the softball field and maintenance/grounds area). For further safety, they'll use of videos pictures so students who may be allergic can feel safe while also learning more about these insects.