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common heritage

Humanity's Garden

One hundred million years ago, during what geologists call the Cretaceous period, the face of our planet was reshaping itself, yet again. The supercontinent Pangaea had broken up into the land formations we are familiar with today. But it would take another 40 million years for the continents to make the journey to where they are currently anchored.

The land mass we now call South America was an island, slowly drifting westward. Africa was in pieces. India and Madagascar were island neighbours while much of Europe was still a series of small islands. Down under, Australia’s land mass was attached to Antarctica. And while the southern polar cap had just about settled into its current position, the temperature was a balmy 10◦C/50◦F, instead of the coldest spot on Earth.

What Honeybees Are Telling Us

It’s not the strongest of us that survive. It’s the one that’s willing to evolve and adapt.
Charles Darwin, Naturalist, 1809-1885

I have a fascination with the work of cartoonist Gary Larsen. I probably relate to his humor because as a kid, I believed that all beings -- from whales to guppies, worms or wolves, even the birds and the bees -- at the end of their ‘working’ day would swim, crawl, run or fly home. Once there, they would communicate with their partners, offspring, even neighbours, living much like humans experiencing the good and the bad of it all.

A Taste of Honey

Honeybees have been revered by humans throughout time. A 15,000 year old rock painting in a cave in Valencia, Spain tells the story of a hunter collecting honey from a wild nest.

As far back as 7000 BC, societies celebrated by drinking mead fermented from honey. The ancient beverage was consumed during the month-long celebrations following weddings -- the honey moon. Prenuptial agreements required bridegrooms to supply their bride with honey throughout their marriage. Egyptians used honey 4,000 years ago to promote longevity in the afterlife by wrapping their dead in it.

The Altruistic Gene

The mark of a sophisticated society is one which encourages natural evolution. It encompasses the ability to communicate effectively with all who share the same environment while synchronizing behaviour to enable a safe and productive atmosphere in which the essentials of life – food, shelter and the ability to procreate - are all assured. Some social species like Homo sapiens do, at times, exhibit signs of such civility.

Adopt a Beehive

Beehives in Ukraine
By bridging the gap between community and science, The Adopt a Beehive Project promotes and encourages awareness and understanding of the significant contribution all pollinators provide to the well being of humankind.

The objectives of Adopt a Beehive Campaign:
• To increase honeybee population.
• Research: To track nectar and pollan collection patterns to determine change in weather patterns as affected by global warming.
• To reduce high price of natural honey.

The Wildflower Initiative

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
Lady Bird Johnson, 1912-2007

Often referred to as Nature's paintbrush, wildflowers are one of Earth's great stand alones. Fiercely independent, they grow without cultivation. Equally at home in the wild or in your backyard, their colourful pedals evolved over 100 million years in partnership with one of the most important pollinators in the history of humankind -- the honeybee.

Nectar Tracking

Three-quarters of all flowering plants -- including most crops that provide food, fiber, drugs and fuel rely on pollinators like honeybees for fertilization. Honeybees, in turn, rely on a diversity of flowering plants for their only nutritional intake -- nectar and pollen. Scientists at NASA believe an earlier springtime as caused by global warming could create a serious disruption in that crucial plant-pollinator relationship which would have a direct affect on the crops we grow.

Wildflower Initiative: Templates

Edit these templates to reflect your specific request.

a) seeking permission - letter or email:

City, Address

Dear Sirs: We are undertaking an initiative to plant native wildflower seeds in the ____insert area here ______________ on _______insert date here_____________to enhance the growth of native habitats to support our honeybees and other pollinator populations.

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