As we have to be aware of everything that surrounds us, celebrating these things can help us remember them better, and keep them present. This weekend it is the honeybee’s turn to be cheered, at its very own fest. It is called National Honeybee Day, and it is due to August 20.
National Honeybee Day is an annual event in the United States, and it is meant to raise awareness on the importance of the small insect. The event has become a habit since 2009 when the first celebration took place.
The aim of the National Honeybee Day is to make people acknowledge not only the importance of the bees but also to understand that the insects are exposed to some serious threats. Bees are the most important pollinators in nature, as they help plants reproduce by carrying the precious pollen from one flower to another. Their hard work has beneficial results for us, as we are the ones who collect the fruits.
Nevertheless, there are some serious risks to which the honeybees are exposed, among which the most important are pesticides, mite infestation, parasite nosema, and slow bee paralysis virus.
If you were wondering what you could do to help the small insects, then we have a few solutions: try not to use pesticides and plant some flowers and trees that bloom, so that bees have their food source near. These are small deeds that make the difference. And it is also such a small price to pay considering bees’ efforts and hard work, which also provide us with delicious, healthy honey.
What’s more, to celebrate bees, the Norfolk Botanical Garden has planned a special themed festival, in partnership with Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia. The festival will be opened for visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the Baker Hall Visitor Center Terrance.
Children will surely be excited about going to the Honey Bee Festival this weekend, as they can go dressed as a bee or even take a peek at a real hive. There will also be a costume competition for which they can sign in, and expect to win a nice prize. There will be an orchestra playing, as well as food and bee related products and merchandise.
You can’t say no to the opportunity of celebrating the National Honeybee Day and of spending quality time outdoors with your nearest and dearest.
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