Most people associate bees with honey, but pollination is essential to the production of countless items you find in the produce section of your grocery store, from almonds, cherries and peaches to pears, melons and cucumbers.
Honeybees face a number of growing existential threats, including weather. Hurricane Irma destroyed at least 75,000 of Florida’s 600,000 honeybee colonies.
A few tips to help your local bee population thrive: plant pollinator-friendly flowers, place water in your yard for a “bee bath,” and avoid pesticides and insecticides in your yard. You can also sponsor a hive with the Honeybee Conservancy.