You may have heard that pollinating insects like wild bees are disappearing. That’s bad news, because pollinators help produce one third of the food we eat and help wild plants produce berries, fruits and seeds.
The good news is that you can help bee populations thrive! The David Suzuki Foundation is calling on Canadians to become Bee-bnb hosts — like Airbnb hosts for wild bees and other beneficial critters.
Canada has more than 800 species of wild bee, from ground-nesting mining bees and bumblebees to cavity-nesting mason and leafcutter bees. They have quietly been pollinating our gardens, meadows and crops. It is time to show them the love they deserve by offering the basic amenities — food and shelter — in our yards and balconies.
Bee-bnb hosts will pledge to provide essential amenities, such as gardens filled with native wildflowers, plentiful water sources and sunny patches for basking. They’ll go all natural, choosing not to use harmful chemicals in their yard.
Ready to become a Bee-bnb Superhost? Read the checklist below and sign up.
All Bee-bnb Superhosts commit to providing a five-star stay by offering all five amenities:
- NATIVE PLANTS: Grow native plants that are adapted to your community’s soil and climate
- CONTINUOUS BLOOMS: Fill your yard or balcony with flowers and shrubs that bloom from spring through fall
- WATER: Offer sources of water with perches (like flat stones) for basking
- NESTING PLACES: Keep pithy stems and woody material for cavity-nesting bees like mason bees and leave bare patches for ground-nesters like bumblebees
- GO ORGANIC: Avoid pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals
The David Suzuki Foundation will help hosts ensure their guests have great stays by providing resources and guidance.