Fall 2021 Newsletter

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FALL 2021

Bee Aware of Our Pollinator Friends

By Jen Costa , Parks Services Assistant rooftop . They help preserve the bee population in a controlled environment .
The beehives are regularly inspected to ensure they are healthy , mite free and the queen bee is laying eggs . The queen can lay 1,500-2,000 eggs a day ! The five rooftop beehives each contain approximately 10,000 Italian bees , which is a total of 50,000 bees . The Italian bees are the first domesticated bee brought to North America . They are gentle , less defensive , less prone to disease and excellent honey producers .
Did you know honey bees are not native to North America ? They were imported from Europe in the 17th century to make honey and pollinate crops . Without bees , our diets would be dull , tasteless and less nutritious . Bees pollinate 80 % of the world ’ s plants by pollinating fruits , nuts and vegetables . One out of every three to four bites of food that we consume are because of bees .
250,000 species of flowering plants depend on the pollen transfer to survive . A single colony of bees can pollinate 300 million flowers each day , gather 40 pounds of pollen and 265 pounds of nectar . Honey bees also produce … you got it , honey ! Raw honey is the only food we consume that does not need to be pasteurized . Raw honey can fight infections , soothe sore throats , suppress coughs and is a good source of antioxidants .
Honey bees are not the only pollinators . There ’ s also butterflies , moths , birds , bats and much more . The Park District of Franklin Park aims to help all pollinators . We are planting more pollinator plants like salvia , geraniums , lavender , bee balm , milkweed , phlox , and echinacea in our parks .
When you decide to spray a pesticide , fungicide , herbicide or insecticide on your property , please remember our honey bee and pollinator friends . Your decision could help or harm the declining populations .
The bee population has declined since the 1980 ’ s due to a variety of factors including pesticides , drought , nutrition deficit , air pollution and parasitic mites . The Park District of Franklin Park is involved in protecting these amazing creatures . The Park District installed five beehives on the Centre of North Park ’ s
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