In case you've somehow missed it: The bees are dying and yes, it's something we should all care a lot about, because bees are IMPORTANT.
While it's good to know that a decline in bee populations is troubling, it's even better to know how you can actually make a difference to this pretty terrifying situation. So, I spoke to James C. Nieh, professor of ecology, behavior, and evolution at UC San Diego, and Amanda Shaw, beekeeper at Waggle Works, about what we can do to help save the bees.
1. Plant as many native flowers in your yard or garden as possible.
2. Leave a dish of water out for bees to drink from — with a cork, stone, or twig for them to land on.
3. And don't add sugar to that water — just leave it fresh!
4. Buy locally grown, organic produce if it's available and within your budget.
5. And for the same reason, avoid using pesticides in your own home garden.
6. If you have a backyard or large garden, consider building yourself a bee hotel.
7. If you eat honey, buy from local beekeepers when possible.
8. And familiarize yourself with other practices that rely on bees, like commercial almond farming.
Now, get out there and save some bees!