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The international bee crisis is threatening our global food supply, but this user-friendly field guide shows what you can do to help protect our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation offers browsable profiles of 100 common flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees that attract bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The recommendations are simple: sow seeds for some plants ? such as basil, rhododendron, and blueberries ? and simply don?t mow down abundant native species, including aster, goldenrod, and milkweed. 100 Plants to Save the Bees will empower homeowners, landscapers, apartment dwellers ? anyone with a scrap of yard or a window box ? to protect our pollinators.

The Western Honey Bee was brought to the United States a long time ago because — true to its name — it makes a lot of honey. But it is also a great pollinator. Like cattle, they are bred by the millions and shipped around the country to pollinate everything from almonds to broccoli. But all that hard work and stress is literally killing the bees. To help fight the problem, concerned citizens are raising honeybees everywhere they can, including inside city limits. Treva Thrush reports.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/cities-provide-pollination-haven-honeybees/3417126.html