As you may already know, the reusable beeswax wraps I make are made with the beeswax collected from Bees in the D after they sustainably collect the honey from their hives. With each wrap I sell, I am giving a portion of the profit back to this excellent non-profit, so they can continue to help #savethebees. Will you help too by making a donation?
The mission of Bees in the D is to educate about the importance of pollinators and the conservation of honey bees. They believe pollinators are critical to sustainability efforts and urban farming. Since 2016, Bees in the D have been building the "Bee Highway" with pollinator way stations and have placed 100+ beehives. The Bee Highway consists of businesses, residential, and government owned properties that provide safe havens for pollinators to stop for food, water, and shelter as they travel.
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is directly, or indirectly, derived from an insect pollinator? Unfortunately, bee populations are currently declining worldwide due to many factors including habitat fragmentation, increased use of neonicotinoid pesticides, colony collapse disorder, and climate change.
For the past ten years, beekeepers, primarily in the U.S. and Europe, have been reporting annual hive losses of 30% or higher, more than is considered normal or sustainable. It is not just honeybees that are in peril though. Just last year, the rusty-patched bumblebee was added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species list, after a population decline of 87% in recent years. In 2016, seven species of yellow-faced bees, that are native to Hawaii, were the first bees to ever be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
By donating, you will not only provide funds that will help this local non-profit continue with their mission, but you will also be able to spread awareness about this critical issue bee populations are currently facing worldwide, and most importantly, you will know you had a hand in helping #savethebees.
Some examples of what your donation will buy:
$25 - Hive tools, grip, brush, smoker.
$50 - State of the art varroa mite treatments for two hives.
$100 - One package of approx. 7,000 honey bees.
$300 - Two NUCS of approx. 20,000 honey bees.
$500 - Woodenware for basic bee hive set-up.
$1000 - Complete hive setup including tools, safety equipment, woodenware & bees.
$3000 - Detroit lot to serve as an apiary, pollinator way station, community garden.
$5000 - Modified shipping container that will serve as an educational honey house.