Simply Bee Conservation
Dedicated to Restoring Native Bee Populations
Simply Bee Conservation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to restoring native bee populations. Our mission is to create a network of pollinator-friendly habitats that serve as living classrooms and community connection points in a pollinator corridor.
Join your Neighbors in our Pollinator Pathway
Beautify your yard and support native pollinator population restoration
- 1 Native Bee House for safe cavity-nesting bees
- 2oz Wildflower Seeds specifically designed for pollinators in the Rocky Mountain Region with Blooms year round.
- A yard sign denoting your garden as a member of the Pollinator Pathway
- A Save the Bee sticker
The Safe Choice: Why Native Bees are Perfect for Families and Gardens!
Native bees are a safe and gentle addition to any garden, perfect for families who want to support these important pollinators while learning about the fascinating world of bees. While it's true that some species of native bees do have stingers, their stingers are not designed for defense and are generally too small and weak to penetrate human skin. So you can rest easy knowing that your children and pets are safe around these important creatures. By installing a native bee house, you can provide a safe haven for these fascinating insects while enjoying the benefits of improved pollination in your garden. So why not give native bees a chance and see the difference they can make in your backyard?
Are you apart of an organization interested in starting a Pollinator Habitat:
Contact us to create a pollinator habitat at your home, in your neighborhood, on your farm, community garden, school, educational organization, senior living centers, HOA's, neighborhoods, parks, non-profits, corporate offices, local parking lots, apartment balcony, etc.
What you can achieve:
- Support for our native pollinator population restoration
- Cultivate higher yields in your garden or farm through the cultivation of a biodiverse workforce of more efficient pollinators or simply contribute to native bee conservation supporting our native flora which in turn supports our native fauna. US tomato growers report 50% more tomatoes and larger healthier sizes using bumble bees to pollinate their
- Cultivate higher populations of beneficial insects decreasing pest plant damage
- Pride in contributing to ecological conservation
- Community recognition and advertising for your active participation in ecological conservation and climate change efforts
Natives are more efficient pollinators:
Native bees pollinate 20x's more efficient at pollination than European honey bees. You may wonder how this is possible. Taking the native mason bees as an example, they wake up earlier than our beloved honey bees. Beeing solitary bees they make their nests close to their flower averaging 300' away from their foraging areas. Mason bees collect pollen in a messy manner, landing willy-nilly on a flower with their hair bodies spreading pollen everywhere. While honey bees are delicate and meticulous about where they land and collect pollen gathering it from their hairs and placing the pollen in their pollen sacks. Mason bees also have scopa on their collecting hairs which can be thought of as Velcro hooks for the pollen allowing them to hold more pollen on their body than honey bees. Honey bees are used in agriculture because they can be easily moved in mass from one monoculture field to another, while native bees are mostly solitary needing to be cultivated on the land which requires a rich year round polyculture of flowering plants.
Our mission is to create wellbeeing for pollinators, neighborhoods, farms, and our communities through the power of connection and cooperation. Our relationship with nature shows us one undeniable truth, nature thrives on connections and struggles to survive when connections are broken.
Mushrooms for example connect the forests sharing nutrients from strong trees with those in need. Soil science shows us that plant roots of different species create connections with the vast diversity of life in the soil to create a symbiotic bond of sharing and exchanging nutrients and supporting one another through the good times and the dry times.
What is a Pollinator Corridor?
A community pollinator corridor is a group of contiguous habitats close enough to create a pollinator road from one habitat to another providing valuable connections for these vulnerable native species to thrive and proliferate within their community.
The issue: The smallest of native bees can only fly for 3 blocks before they need to refuel on delicious nectar in their search for a mate and a home for their nursery. The largest native bee can fly for ¾ of a mile. The celebrated Honey Bee in comparison can fly up to 3 miles. These pollinators need close havens with a diversity of food year round to proliferate and thrive. With modern agricultural practices of monocultures, city landscapes full of bare parking lots, and homes practicing spraying chemicals to kill those unseemly yellow flowers known as the dandelion, there isn't much room for our local pollinators to reach each other and replenish their dwindling numbers.
Communities coming together to create a chain of Pollinator Sanctuaries to connect our pollinators and each other!
Native Bees are an excellent addition to any outdoor space, as they greatly improve pollination services and local ecosystem vitality.
Bee conservation programs are a great way to do some good in the world while attracting people to your organization and events. Bonus wildflowers and butterflies are amazing for social media outreach.
The objective of the project is to create a chain of conservation pollinator gardens, native bee habitats and living classrooms in collaboration with local farms, schools, non-profits, corporations, community gardens, your garden, HOA's etc. to aid in the conservation and proliferation of local pollinators.
The goals of the program are:
1) To create pollinator habitat and forage in multiple locations for native bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators to use as a corridor to spread, reproduce, and rekindle at-risk populations separated by modern human infrastructure and monocultures.
2) These gardens serve as conservation monitoring sites of bee populations in partnership with the Colorado State University extension program.
3) These gardens in collaboration with our partners can serve as a living classroom to educate people on pollinator conservation and home gardening practices
4) To feed honey bees and native bees with mushroom extracts to boost immunity for our at risk bee friends.
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