We are enjoying watching all the marvelous varieties of bees foraging in our garden right now. Here in Ontario there are over 400 varieties of wild bees alone! It's a busy time, they are moving with a much faster pace than in early summer, getting all the last best pollen and preparing for winter. Any yellow flowers, like this cup plant and goldenrod pictured, are just covered with bees from morning until dusk.
There is so much more I want to learn about bees, and from bees! On our fall/winter reading list is The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives, learning about top bar beekeeping, an minimal intervention approach to beekeeping that uses a hive design much more similar to how bees would build in nature. The idea is to create a healthy hive for the bees (and let them build and maintain it), with much less emphasis on harvest of honey.
Visit Pollination Canada to learn more about the important role of bees and other pollinators, what plants to grow in order to help attract pollinators, and other useful info.