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Pollinators, such as bees, have been experiencing increasing pressure from the widespread usage of chemicals, from pesticides on croplands to weed killers on lawns. Bees pollinate nearly 80% of flowering crops, which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. Bees as pollinators are essential for creating food security, but in order to do so, we must also secure the habitat that houses these pollinators. Our ability to survive as a species is directly linked to the survival of pollinators, and this link is represented by the health of our landscapes. In other words, the survival of species, flora, fauna, insects, and humans alike, relies on the resilience of the habitat within which they live.

As I, Moselle, have learned from my experience with permaculture and agro-ecological design, the most resilient systems are those exemplified by natural ecosystems — those that nourish, foster, and cultivate biodiversity through regeneration. Though we are from the land known for it’s vast monocropped fields of corn and soybean, we can and ought to learn much from the rich wilderness, including how to properly nurture, protect, and encourage the growth and resilience of all that takes care of us. By taking one step at a time, we can and we will do just that — here we begin by walking for the bees.

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Photo Credit: Louis Brems

My father and I decided to dedicate this five week, 500 mile walk on the Colorado trail from Denver to Durango to the bees and other pollinators of which we have noticed a significant decline in the Quad Cities.

We have found that annual extended pilgrimages through these wild landscapes with only the essentials on our backs teaches us a fundamental truth that we fail to appreciate otherwise.  We quickly learn that we are not apart from but part of nature. We are connected with all that is around us. The delusion of a separate self does not exist when we immerse ourselves in an experience like this.  Therefore, by walking for the bees, we ask your support for sustainable practices that respect a diverse natural landscape for all.

You can help promote education about pollinators by sending a pledge of a penny, a nickel, or a dollar per mile to prairieoaksreserve@gmail.com.  We will contact you with the payment details in October. All of the money raised will go towards the funding of educational programs in the Quad Cities through the Nahant Marsh Educational Center. Tony Singh will personally match the amount raised up to $25,000. 

 

To see these efforts published in the local news, click here!

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