Marin Gateway Beehives

Imagine a grey world without almonds, apples, or fragrant flowers…

Sounds terrible, right? Unfortunately, that’s the shocking future we face if we don’t work to help our most precious pollinator: bees. Far from being a niche concern, bees lie at the heart of our survival – and they have been dying at unprecedented rates. Their hard work is not only essential to healthy ecosystems, but to sustaining animal and human life too.

Each year, bees are experiencing massive die-offs throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2017, the rusty patched bumblebee was the first bee added to the endangered species list in the continental U.S. A 2019 survey from the Bee Informed Partnership states that nearly 40% of U.S. beekeepers lost their colonies during the previous year. Compared to 1947, the U.S. honeybee population has declined by 60%.

Bees pollinate one-third of the food we eat.

From apples and squash to buckwheat and coffee, bees are responsible for pollinating most of the fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts that are essential to our diets. Honeybees in particular play a huge role in agriculture, contributing over $15 billion to the value of US crop production.

Marin Gateway Center is proud to announce a partnership with Alveole, a social Bee Keeping Company, to help with the conservancy of honey bees! Our dedicated Beekeeper with Alveole has placed a branded bee hive and hotel near our retention pond to cultivate a safe place for solitary bee species to nest, helping to bolster their local population. Bee populations are in decline largely due to habitat loss and a bee hotel is one way to support pollinators in the city. This initiative will also allow us to engage in a positive way with our community! Please drop us a line if you would like to learn more about our beekeeping efforts!

Monika Foley – email

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