Happy World Bee Day!!! 🐝

Never fear, my friends, my good people post is only on delay for a short time, for this morning there is another special day that I have promised a special young man I would celebrate in fashion!  Good People will be published later this afternoon!

Bee-1While every critter, every plant has its place in the ecosystem on planet earth, there is perhaps none more important than the bee.  Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.  Pollination is, however, a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land.

bee-thumbs-upTo raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the United Nations designated May 20th as World Bee Day. The goal is to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.

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Boštjan Noč

As it was told to me by dear friend Ellen, a Slovenian beekeeper by the name of Boštjan Noč was driving home one day, listening to a program about “World Days” and their meanings, and he wondered why bees did not have their own day.  After all, as important as they are, surely they deserved a day as much as any.  As President of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, Noč was in a position to rally the others and launch the World Bee Day Initiative.

cute-beeThe initiative was supported by the Slovenian Government, which strove to make it happen.  It took some time … three years, to be exact, but finally on November 17th 2017, the resolution was unanimously backed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, thus designating May 20th as World Bee Day. The initiative was supported by all UN states, while 115 countries also acted as co-sponsors, including major countries such as the USA, Canada, China, Russia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and all EU Member States.

Why May 20th?  Because May 20th is the birth date of Anton Janša (1734–1773), a Slovenian beekeeper, the pioneer of modern beekeeping and one of the greatest authorities on the subject of bees. The Austrian Empress Maria Theresa appointed him to the post of permanent teacher of apiculture at the new School of Beekeeping in Vienna. He became well known even before his death in 1773. After 1775, all state beekeeping teachers had to teach the subject in accordance with his teachings and methods.anton-jansa

bee-1So, now that you know the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ behind World Bee Day, what can we do to help the bees?  For one thing, we can plant bee-friendly flowers in our gardens, and … don’t mow down those dandelions and clover … bees love those, and frankly, I think they are just as beautiful as any hothouse-bred flowers!  Another is we can help force companies like Monsanto, Dow, Bayer and others to stop using bee-killing pesticides on their crops.  How?  First, stop buying their products.  I’m not a fan of buying organic produce, for it is over-priced and doesn’t keep as long, but … if that’s what it takes, then so bee it.  You’ll find some other ideas and suggestions on the World Bee Day website … be sure to check it out, for there is a wealth of information there, including lists of bee-friendly (honey) flowers and much more.

I don’t know about other countries, but in Slovenia some beekeepers decorate their bee hives with some fun artwork …bee-artwork

And speaking of coincidence, as I began writing this, I reached for my coffee cup and realized I was drinking out of one of my favourites …bee-cupI think the words of Mr. Noč speak as well as any I can offer ….

“I believe that we all agree that every human being on this planet deserves food every day. We have to produce more food every day, and every day more food is dependent on pollinators – with honey bees in the lead. Talking about reducing global hunger without ensuring the conditions for the survival of bees and other pollinators would simply be like throwing sand in people’s eyes!

It is time for everyone to listen to bees, in particular, leaders and decision-makers. From today on, 20 May will be a worldwide celebration of bees and beekeepers. I believe that – with the proclamation of World Bee Day – the world will begin to think more broadly about bees, in particular in the context of ensuring conditions for their survival, and thus for the survival of the human race.” – Boštjan Noč

And, I thought a cute bee video might bee just the thing to wrap up this post!

Happy World Bee Day!!!bee-day

 

46 thoughts on “Happy World Bee Day!!! 🐝

  1. Namaste, Miss Jill! It’s me, the BEE-N-JAMIN!! This letter is awesome! Gem saved this for me and then she forgot all about World Bee Day cause it was in May. We were not together then cause of the coronavirus, we are together now and I am so happy. I know all about World Bee Day, even when I was just little. I love love love the bee video! I like your beehive coffee cup with the Bumblebee on the top. Miss Jill, smoking is bad for you. Stop right now. You will get sick if you don’t stop. You can do it, my Daddy did after Mommy and I told him. Well not right away, it took a lot of telling Daddy and then he did. Miss Jill, I am not yelling, I am telling. Okie-Dokie? I love you! Thank you and Bye!

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    • Namaste BEE-N-JAMIN!!! I had you in my thoughts when I wrote this back in May! And do you know how I remembered about World Bee Day? Your wonderful Gem reminded me! I’m happy that you and Gem are back together, too, and I know Gem is! I knew you would love the bee coffee cup, and I also knew you would not be pleased with the cigarettes and lighter. But, BEE-N-JAMIN, I am old and have been smoking all my life. I know you’re not yelling and you are only telling me because you love me, and I love you for that! Have a fun week with Gem! I love you!!! 💕

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  2. When the bees come out, everyday in Bee Day in our garden.
    We greet them and ask them how they are. Not as many as we would like, but we’re planting more bee flowers seeds and hoping for the best.
    Without bees……we’d head for fossil record time.

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  3. Bee-n-jamin will bee bee-side himself when he sees this tribute to his bee-loved bees! His friend, “Miss Jill”, has written a bee-utiful post and it is very well done! There can be no doubt that you have earned some neckbuster hugs and kisses…at present just symbolically of course! “For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, and to the flower a bee is a messenger of love. And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.” – from the poem “On Pleasure” by Kahlil Gibran. Benjamin can recite up to the word love, I did not include the last part… he was only a little over 4 years old at the time! He has been a lover of bees and many other pollinators since a toddler. Together we explored the world of Melittology on my computer… the branch of entomology that concerns the study of bees including bumblebees and honey bees. His favorite picture of a bee is a watercolor by his special long time friend, “My Jodi”, from a July 31st post of 2017 on her blog called “A Bumble Bee Named Buzz” that included a poem. Not only is Buzz included in the book “Klaus the Mouse”, but Buzz was also a featured watercolor when Jodi was chosen as an Artist Ambassador in the July 2019 World Watercolor Month. Benjamin is the proud owner of a zippered pouch, offered at the time, with Buzz’s watercolor on it that is used as a pencil case for kindergarten…now home school! The bees and I Thank-YOU!

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    • An afterthought : YOU should also bee-warned that Bee-n-jamin will have a word or two about the filled ashtray! Bee prepared for a bee-rating! Perhaps a bit of photoshopping would work?!

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    • I am so glad it meets your approval, and I hope you’re right that Benjamin will also give it his seal of approval! Love the Khalil Gibran poem! I have said more than once lately that in nature, there is more beauty than all the creations of humans combined. These days, I wish I had a little hut on a desert island … just me and nature. Anyway, I’ll look forward to hearing Benjamin’s response, hopefully in this lifetime. Sigh.

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  4. Monsanto is a terrible name in my book.. A firm who removed a product from the American market rather than remove a bad drug from within it. They took the drug to the South American Market and suddenly farmers who diidn’t want to use it were getting beaten up.Water tables were poisoned and if seed blew from their farm to a neighbours the neighbour was sued if they used seed in replantting.
    Round Up is known to be bad for bees but they’re not rushing to do anything about it.

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    • You’re quite right, Monsanto has a terrible reputation, as do Dow, Bayer and others. Every year, I have to watch for the lawn company that services this complex and go outside and stop them from spraying my yard. I seem to be the only one here in da hood that cares enough to do that.
      Cwtch

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    • My pleasure! This is one of the most important things, even more so than Michael Flynn or Donald Trump in the long run, and I wanted to spread awareness. Personally, I’ve learned to share my space with bees, even to chat with them and not get stung … you just have to realize that like any other critter, including most humans, they only strike out when they feel threatened.

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  5. Jill, thanks for sharing. My daughter is a bee aficionado. We must do our best to reverse the colony collapses that have occurred. Their pollination is huge to far too many plants we eat. To me, the scariest part of the sci-fi movie “Interstellar” is the reason at the beginning of the movie as why humans had to leave earth – we could no longer grow crops. Keith

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    • Over the years, I’ve come to love bees, and since I learned how to treat them, I haven’t been stung a single time. When I’m out watering flowers in the mornings, the bumblebees will come hover right in front of my face and we have a little ‘chat’. Last summer, one landed on my nose and I wasn’t even nervous, for I knew he wouldn’t hurt me. This year we have planted only ‘bee-friendly’ flowers in hopes of helping them out a bit. I haven’t heard of that movie, but will check it out!

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  6. Living as I do in a rural area that depends on farming, it saddens me to note as each year passes that the number of bees in this area decrease alarmingly. The sprays that farmers use kill all flying things and this is not a good thing. In addition, the small towns all seem to spray for mosquitoes and this adds to the death rate of the insects — not just the mosquitoes! It is sad, indeed.

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  7. Bees have been endangered for a long time now and I’m happy to see they now have their own day. The herbicides people are using are at least partially to blame for the demise of the honey bee and so unnecessary in the scheme of things. And having stepped on my share of been feeding on dandelions during my barefoot days of long ago I knew the bees love them but I never really appreciated them until two of my grandchildren brought me a bouquet of dandelions one day in the park where they picked the seed balls and helped promote more future “pretty flowers” by running around with dandelion fluff held high and scattering the seed around the park. It’s amazing how much pretties things are when view thru the eyes of a child!

    Now I’m going to email a favorite columnist who keeps up with the “World” days. Get some rest, Jill!

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    • Yes, we have taken so much for granted over the past 100-150 years, thinking that we could do whatever we wish, invent and use chemicals that are changing the ecosystem in ways that we barely understand. I used to take bees for granted, but in recent years have come to understand just how important they are to all life on the planet.

      Big HUGS to you, dear friend!!! Who’s the columnist, by the way?

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      • His name is Keith Laurence or Lawrence. I could check the paper for the correct spelling but that would mean I would have to move out of my nest for a few minutes and I’m almost asleep and don’t really want to wake up yet. He’s been my favorite local columnist for most of my adult life. Before that the comics were all I really checked daily. If we don’t have something other than politics and virus reports soon I might go back to the comics! Not really — they aren’t really comics any longer. Gonna try to put some political comics in a blog later. My brother sent them to me but not sure of the source. Pretty good though!

        You take care of yourself — and CUT OUT THOSE CANCER STICKS you showed on your photo of your bee cup!

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        • Found him … Keith Lawrence of the Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro, Kentucky. Read a few of his columns … good guy! I’ll bolo for your comics post … lately I’ve stopped posting political cartoons, except a one-off every now and then, for … it all just stopped being funny a while back. Sigh. Yes, yes … I was sure somebody would have to take note of that. I’ve been a 3-4 pack a day smoker since high school … not likely to stop now, of all times!!! 😉 Hugs!

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