The Environmental Council of Huron Valley produced a bee and butterfly yard near Heavner’s Canoe in Milford this spring. (Photo by Julie Freer)

In accordance to the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund, the amount of honey bee hives in the United States is at its cheapest issue in the earlier 50 a long time.

With vital wildlife habitats disappearing, honey bees and other pollinators like monarch butterflies are in significant decline – impacting crop pollination for our food offer.

In response, the Environmental Council of Huron Valley (Eco HV) not long ago made a bee and butterfly back garden in close proximity to Heavner’s Canoe & Kayak Rental off Back garden Street in Milford Township.

“Alan Heavner and his household enable us use some of the assets to make the yard,” said Eco HV member Sarah Moore. The group has a five-member leadership group that had been speaking about the idea of the garden at its monthly conferences. After presented the okay by the Heavner relatives, Eco HV member Myles Davis requested bee and butterfly-friendly seed and the group roto-tilled the plot in early May well.

A garden committee was shaped, comprised of George and Sarah Moore, Jeff and Lori Garner, Myles Davis, Bob Lippert and James Robillard. Users introduced bee-loving plants for one particular facet of the garden, and seeds have been unfold on the relaxation. Pumpkins are rising alongside the perimeter of the garden, and the team options to have a pumpkin buying party for Eco HV associates and their households in Oct.

Lippert placed a bee property near the new backyard, which can bring in mason bees and leafcutter bees. According to Michigan Point out University’s College of Normal Science, there are over 450 types of bees in Michigan.

“If it weren’t for these mason bees and leaf cutters, we’d be in intense hassle due to the fact of the lack of honey bees,” explained Lippert. “They’re two to a few occasions greater at pollinating than honey bees are… These men are crucial mainly because they can help choose up the slack. The idea is to try out and get back to a extra sustainable surroundings, primarily for the bees.”

The group also gave seeds to Constructing Blocks Preschool, so the little ones can start their personal gardens, and the preschoolers designed a colorful banner which is exhibited in front of the yard.

Eco HV is a grassroots team that started in 2019 and includes about 76 associates from Milford, Highland, Commerce, White Lake and Wixom. The up coming public conference is scheduled at the Central Park Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20. All are welcome. To understand more about Eco HV, comply with them on Facebook or take a look at their web page at