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World Bee Day

Join us in celebrating World Bee Day - learn about the importance of bees and what you can do to help protect them!
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May 20
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Introduction

Get ready to buzz with excitement this May 20th for World Bee Day! This holiday was first established in 2017 to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators, and their contributions to sustainable development and a healthy environment. Bees play a vital role in food production, as they help pollinate plants that produce fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and more. Not only are they important for our food supply but also for our global ecosystem. So let’s show our appreciation by celebrating World Bee Day!

History of World Bee Day

World Bee Day Dates

World Bee Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Evolution of Beekeeping</div><div class='timeline-text'>The practice of beekeeping rapidly expands throughout the world in the 19th century, helping to highlight the importance of bees.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Colony Collapse Disorder Discovered</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scientists identified a significant decline in honey bee colonies caused by Colony Collapse Disorder, leading to increased global concern for bee health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>European Union Neonicotinoid Restrictions</div><div class='timeline-text'>The EU places restrictions on neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to bee decline, marking a significant step in global bee conservation efforts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The Pollination Project Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Pollination Project starts distributing grants worldwide to projects promoting environmental sustainability, including those focused on enhancing bee populations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Bee Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations officially proclaims May 20 as World Bee Day to raise awareness about the critical role of bees and other pollinators.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Bee Day Goes Digital</div><div class='timeline-text'>Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, World Bee Day moves its educational and awareness events online, broadening its reach to a global audience.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Bee Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plant a bee-friendly garden</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Planting a bee-friendly garden is one of the best ways to show your support for bees. Plant a variety of flowers and shrubs that are attractive to bees and provide them with plenty of nectar and pollen.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Purchase local honey</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Support local beekeepers by purchasing their honey. It's a great way to show you care about the health of local bees and help support the local economy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread the word</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share posts on social media, write letters to your local newspaper or radio station, or host an event in your community. Let everyone know how important bees are to our environment.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Build a bee hotel</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Building a bee hotel is an easy and fun way to give back to bees. A bee hotel provides shelter for solitary bees such as mason bees and leafcutter bees, who don't live in colonies like honeybees.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Buy organic produce</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organic farming methods are much safer for bees than conventional methods because they don't use synthetic pesticides, which can be toxic to bees. Buying organic produce is a great way to help protect our pollinators.</p></div></div>

Why World Bee Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bees help maintain a healthy ecosystem</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Bees play an essential role in keeping our planet's ecosystem functioning properly. They pollinate plants and flowers, which allows them to produce fruits, vegetables and other important food sources for both humans and animals to enjoy. Without bees, the world's population of plants and animals would be drastically reduced.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pollination is necessary for agricultural growth</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>80% of the world's crops are pollinated by bees, making their work invaluable to farmers and growers around the globe. Not only do they ensure that crops get all the nutrients they need to grow, but also without bees it would be much harder to keep up with the high demand for food production worldwide.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bees are vital for biodiversity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Without bees, many species of animals, birds and plants would suffer due to lack of available food sources. Bees help promote genetic diversity among organisms in an ecosystem by providing pollinators with access to different varieties of flora. This helps create more resilient species that can survive in ever changing environments.</p></div></div>

5 Un-bee-lievable Facts for World Bee Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are more than 20,000 different species of bees</h3><p class='facts-content'>Biodiversity within the bee population is immense, with over 20,000 distinct species identified globally. This diversity contributes to ecological balance and successful pollination of various plant species.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bees can fly at a speed of around 15 miles per hour</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite their small size, bees are speedy flyers. They can travel at a speed of around 15 miles per hour, going from flower to flower and back to their hive in a remarkably short amount of time.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bees communicate through a "waggle dance"</h3><p class='facts-content'>Bees have a fascinating way of communicating with each other. They perform a unique figure-eight dance called the "waggle dance" to share the location of fruitful nectar sources with their hive mates.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A single bee can visit up to 5,000 flowers in a day</h3><p class='facts-content'>A bee's workday is incredibly busy. In optimal conditions, a single bee can visit between 1,500 to 5,000 flowers in a day, making their role in pollination supremely important.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The queen bee can lay thousands of eggs in a day</h3><p class='facts-content'>The queen bee of a hive has a remarkable reproductive capacity, with the ability to lay over 2,000 eggs in a single day. This allows hives to maintain a healthy population size and is crucial for the survival of the colony.</p></div></div>

World Bee Day FAQs

When is World Bee Day?

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20 every year. In 2024 World Bee Day will occur on a Monday.

World Bee Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

May 20

Saturday

2024

May 20

Monday

2025

May 20

Tuesday

2026

May 20

Wednesday

2027

May 20

Thursday

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