‘Bee’ the change you wish to see in the world
The Native Stingless Bee Colony at our Little Man’s School is thriving again and the Hive now has an informative sign hanging beside it to Protect the Bees against any other unfortunate instances. It is designed with the intention to help Educate the school community on the importance of these little pollinators.
For those of you who haven’t been following this story on the CWMS Facebook Page allow me to catch you up!
Firstly – CWMS Published the article on Recognising Native Stingless Bees
The Recognising Native Stingless Bees post was published on the blog on the 31 September to coincide with the first day of Spring. It was written in acknowledgement of how similar the Native Bee looked to the Common Fly with the hope of creating a little ‘Bee Love’ and increasing the number of people who are interested in protecting them (and just between you and me, I was pretty chuffed with the photography!).
Secondly – A great friend proudly showed me a Native Stingless Bee Colony at school (1 September)
‘Recognising Native Bees’ week was well and truly shaping up to be a great week. Spring had arrived, the blog post was well received and a fellow Mum (who had read the story) even pointed out to me a Colony of Native Stingless Bees at school drop-off. The nest was right out the front of our Little Man’s School classroom – what are the odds of that!
I posted a photo on CWMS Facebook Page to share this discovery and mentioned – “Apparently these little fellas are lucky the groundsman knows the difference between a bee and a fly as the general consensus from the Parents was ‘how disgusting – flies!’ ”
Unfortunately the groundsman wasn’t around three days later…
Thirdly – The bees were sprayed and the majority died (4 September)
Three days later I was so sad to report that the Native STINGLESS Bees which were all thriving on the very first day of a Spring (when I first posted a photo of them) had all died. Instead of recognising this as valuable HARMLESS pollinators nest, they were mistaken as flies and sprayed with insecticide.
It was then clear that since my motto is ‘to be part of the solution’, a Protection and Education Plan needed to be established for when/if they return…
And lastly – Protection and Education Plan is a success
With my heart on my sleeve I took one of the dead little Bees to the School Office. Dramatic I know, but this little Bee was carrying balls of pollen and was a perfect visual opportunity to begin my Protection Plan (which I was sure would unfold once I started).
I was just as surprised as you to see just how passionate I had become of the little critters – it was just awful seeing them all lying dead on the concrete.
To cut a long story short, the wonderful ladies in the office were instantly in full support of protecting these little Bees. One lady in particular appeared to be just as conscious about their importance as I was and had Native Stingless Bee stories of her own to share. It was decided then and there that a sign needed to be placed above the Bee Hive as a way to introduce the Bees and provide some facts on the extremely important way they impact our environment.
A photo of the colony was emailed to Megan Halcroft at beesbusiness.com.au for expert identification. Her role as Conservation Education Specialising in Native Bees meant she could confirmed straight away that the Bees at the school are Native Stingless Bees. She was more than happy to have her statement on record to say they pose no threat to any of the children with who they might come in contact. She also passed on our information to a local Bee Removal Specialist in case that was a step which needed to be taken in the future.
This double sided sign has now been placed in clear view beside the nest and I am super proud to say Operation Protect and Educate has been a huge success. My heart has been removed from my sleeve and I now wear a proud smile while enjoying the satisfying sense of achievement from standing up for something I believe strongly in.
Keen to learn more…
Recognising Native Bees is the second article CWMS has published on Bees. The first one, Bee Cause, was written to introduce to you our personal Colony of Native Stingless Bees. It covers a summary of how we have come to have Native Bees residing in our garden including what we have learnt about their daily routines and important pollinating roles. The story also touches on the global threat and changing habitat of the European Honey Bees. At the end you will find tips on how you can protect and support the Bee population, my personal recommendation on delicious local and ethically harvested (100%) honey and also a couple of options where you can either purchase an established hive or build a simple ‘Bee Hotel’ yourself from scratch.
By writing suggestions such as Lead By Example and ensuring Constructive Everyday Actions boldly on the CWMS Introductions Page I am completely accountable to practice what I preach as this journey of Keeping It R.E.A.L continues. I am proud of this success story and genuinely hope this ambition of mine to make a significant difference becomes contagious.
This is me ‘Bee-ing’ the change you wish to see in the world…
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