It’s National World Honey Bee Day! Celebrate These Bees That Help Our Farms and Orchards!
My friend, Jay, just sent me a message informing me that today, the third Saturday in August, is….World Honey Bee Day!
And, you don’t have to be a bee keeper to set things buzzing with your young readers as these last weeks of summer roll along.
Why not have a “BEE-yoo-tiful” day and celebrate the bees with some picture books for your young reader, along some locally sourced honey! I will mention just a few picture book titles at the end of this post to help get you started.
In the posting that I read, it mentioned that the day celebrates not just beekeepers, but honey lovers and all things blooming.
The day recognizes both the honey bee and the bee keepers who tend the hives. It also encourages everyone to enjoy, as I mentioned, locally sourced honey.
At our vineyard/orchard/farm, we are fortunate to have a local bee keeper named Laura Klahre, who, each year brings to us “Mason Bees” that are blue-eyed, rarely sting and are fuzzy-backed pollinators of our eight varieties of apples, our peaches, nectarines and other fruits.
Much has been written in the past few years about the collapse of hives and what that portends for humans. Besides being an early warning system for us, their pollinating proclivities are necessary for many plants to both produce and continue thriving.
Honey is the added bonus they provide.
Did you know that honey bees do sting, BUT “only if they perceive a threat, damage to their hive or if they are swatted at? I always wish them well and say, “Have a nice day; now go on your way.” And they do! Other suggestions, if they are near are to, either hold still or move away SLOOOOOWLY.
They’re probably just seeking out nectar, and maybe that sugary sweet drink you have in your hand, or maybe anything sweet that you are holding, is attracting them.
World Honey Day is a recent celebration begun as National Honey Bee Day in 2009 with a proclamation issued by the then Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas J. Vilsack from Iowa. Who knew?
The current Secretary of Agriculture is Sonny Purdue and he is from the peach state of Georgia. Hey, Mr. Purdue, our peaches are sweet AND sunny.
I went on the Nationaldaycalendar.com website where there is a bounty of wonderful information on how to celebrate the day with your young readers.
I learned that collecting and planting local wildflower seeds promotes honey bee pollination AND that there are myriad flavors of honey depending on what is available to the bees.
Some of these types of honey are: Clover, alfalfa, lavender, orange and chestnut were but a few that were mentioned
If you and your young reader are interested in reading more about bees, here are some suggestions:
The Honey Bee – Kirsten Hall
The Bee Book – Charlotte Milner
Bees: A Honeyed History – Piotr Socha
Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book – Britta Teckentrup
Bee and Me – Alison Jay
Give Bees a Chance – Bethany Barton
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