BEE AWARE

BEE AWARE

Bees need water. Bees live in Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pat Pilcher says that if you’re in the Park this summer, you need to bee aware of this…
As the temperature rises and natural water sources dry up, many desert animals suffer from dehydration. Some creatures, such as the tortoise, will retreat to their underground home for a long siesta. Insects, however, including bees, require water and may become bothersome. While camping and picnicking in Joshua Tree National Park, keep food and liquids covered in sealable containers. Bees are attracted to campsites and dumpsters and even to the condensation of vehicle air conditioners. Visitors in campgrounds and picnic areas can reduce the threat of bee stings by not leaving soda cans and water bottles out to attract foraging bees. A small bowl of water set away from your campsite or picnic table can also distract them. Remember, all plants rely on healthy pollinators and bees are part of the natural ecosystem. Call 760 367-5500 for additional information.

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