Earth Day, officially, was this past Monday.
But at McAdam, we take our role as environmental stewards seriously and see every day as an opportunity to protect our planet.
That includes preserving and protecting bees. One of the most vulnerable species, bees benefit from two apiaries on the grounds of our headquarters. Here are other fascinating facts about these pollinators, as found at EarthDay.org:
1. There are 369,000 plant species, and 90% are dependent on insect pollination. A honeybee can visit 50 to 1,000 flowers in one trip. If a bee takes 10 trips per day, a colony of 25,000 bees can pollinate 250 million flowers in that span.
2. Many species of animals depend on bees for survival because their food sources rely on pollination.
3. As pollinators disappear, the effect on the health and viability of crops and native communities is disastrous.
4. Global crop production pollinated by bees is valued at $577 billion and contributes $24 billion to U.S. agriculture (one-third of the food consumed by Americans).
In addition to housing the two apiaries, at McAdam we promote the protection and prosperity of bees by supporting the ban on neonicotinoid insecticides; designing gardens and installing plantings that promote pollinators and habitats for other flora; and supporting and implementing a variety of green initiatives.
Visit www.earthday.org to see how you can help protect the environment, too!
This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" will be published in the April 24, 2019 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.