In the book, Buzz’s favorite thing to do is to fly around
the flower trees and eat the flower’s delicious nectar. What is nectar? Nectar
is a sweet liquid found inside of a flower that is food for many animals and
insects like bees, birds, butterflies, and even bats. While Buzz feasts on the
nectar, pollen sticks to his fur. What is pollen? It’s a fine powdery substance
that is found in flowers. As Buzz lands on flowers in his favorite tress, he
transfers pollen from flower to flower which causes them to produce seeds and
fruits. This whole process is called pollination and the insects and animals
that pollinate are called pollinators. 

Did you know that pollination is responsible for many of
the crops and flowers here in North America, and bees are responsible for the
pollination of many of these crops?  According to The US Department of Agriculture,
“In the United States one third of all agricultural
output depends on pollinators.” And according to NASA, “Bees are important
because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in the US including
fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops.” Bees also make honey.  

Although bees may seem scary, many of the
things we eat depend on them. Don’t be afraid of bees. They won’t intentionally
hurt you. As a matter of fact, if they sting you they will lose their stinger
and die. So next time you see a bee, don’t be afraid, help create a habitat
that promotes them. After all, everyone loves to eat the food they help
create. 

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Here are some simple steps you can take to
attract pollinating honey bees to your yard:

·       Plant colorful, native bee friendly flowers. Research some bee
friendly flowers that are native to your area.

·       Plant vegetable and fruit plants that bees like. For example pumpkins,
tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, melons, strawberries, blueberries, and
blackberries. 

·       Plant flowering trees that bees like. For example apple, cherry,
peach, almond, and pear trees.

·       Plant herbs that attract bees. For example basil, mint, oregano,
and chives.

·       Make a freshwater bee bath; pollinators need water too.

·       Provide a bee shelter. Research how you can start building a small
bee house.

·       Don’t use pesticides of any kind. They are poisonous to bees.

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