So you think you can dance? Get this: worker bees use dancing to recruit fellow foragers and communicate the location of food, water and shelter. Known as the “waggle dance,” this fancy footwork is just one example of how honey bees work together for the good of the hive.Since ancient times, beehives have been a symbol of cooperation and productivity. These days, when bee populations are dwindling, we’re taking a cue from the hive mind and building partnerships to help protect endangered pollinators.
As I shared yesterday, Whole Foods Market® has teamed up with the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation. Like good waggle dancers, we’ve also recruited some of our supplier partners to the cause. Look for “Share the Buzz” tags throughout the store and support brands that support the bees.
At the heart of the colony, the queen uses pheromones to inspire and instruct. Our Queen Bee Sponsors—Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and MaraNatha—have each donated $25,000 to help the Xerces Society provide bee-friendly education to our farmer partners.
A healthy hive requires lots of busy and effective worker bees. Our Worker Bee Sponsors have each donated $5,000 to help the Xerces Society preserve bee habitats. Their combined efforts will raise $40,000 to support the productive pollinators who play a starring role in our food supply.
Looking for more ways to bee the solution? Check out our Share the Buzz action page.
How have you been helping bees and other pollinators? Share your own tips in the comments section below.