Save the Bees
Township resident Jim DelCamp recently addressed the Genoa Township Board asking the board to develop policies to conserve the natural habitat of bees in the township. He provided the following information for our residents: There are 460 wild species of bees in the Michigan and 16,000 species worldwide. Honey Bees have been declining at a rate of 40% each year according to Michigan State University and the loss will have devastating effects on life in general since bees pollinate our crops and flowers.
Pesticides are a big problem since they damage bees and harm their ability to forage. In recent tests 100% of ground-nesting bees were killed as a result of pesticides. Please limit the use of pesticides where bees are present even though they are a nuisance. Bees help more than they hurt.
Planting wildflowers will support bees. Many wild bees are solitary as well as ground nesting and they need suitable habitat. Leaving small plots of ground in their natural state such as deadwood, brush piles or fungi will help where ground nesting bees can flourish. Others could use bee hotels to safeguard them during the winter. Bees are important for pollination since 1/3 of all plants and flowers depend on them for life.
A bee feeder, using sugar water with a drop of mycelial extract, will enhance their health and allow them to live longer. Mycelium has been called natures ‘world wide web’ under our feet. Of an estimated 10 million multi-cell life forms, half are fungi and they have been evolving to combat viruses. Bees don’t just pollinate they spread mycelium as they forage. They dig into the soil where mushrooms grow getting mycelium all over their fuzzy bodies and spread it every other place they touch.
Livingston County can become a refuge where bees, mycelium, birds, butterflies, helping all of nature to thrive. So save that natural site, feed those bees, plant wildflowers and minimize your use of pesticides. With proper understanding and education we can improve our health and enhance the ecosystems of this earth.
Polly Skolarus, Clerk
Genoa Charter Township