The bees exist for us within an interweaving system of kinship in being. Bees themselves, all other animals, plants, the stars, the land, and bodies of water are all part of the reality of country. We share in the knowledge and wisdom of their ancestral past, and reinforce it through sound, art, and experience.
Observing the bee.
From latin observare (“To note, guard or keep).
We observe the movement and sounds of the Bee in flight and study plant pollination, apiculture and traditional knowledge.
Bees, above all things love harmony, and many have observed, that in their Singing, Humming and Buzzing, they produce the notes of music in the most exact manner, keeping their Stops, Rings and Falls, and have something in their sounds that resemble each particular note used in Vocal and Instrumental Music, and are so attentive to Harmonious sounds, especially that are soft and sweet. They understand each other by Notes, and answer in harmonious strains, having as it were a sweet language among them.
- The History of Bees, Charles Butler
We guard trees with hollows that give home to those who nest inside. Hollow formation is a common trait in many Australian trees due to their physiological characteristics. They provide native fauna, particularly birds and mammals, with homes who make extensive use of this structural element of habitat. At least 20% of bird species are hollow-dependent. All arboreal marsupials use tree hollows, and all except the Koala are dependent upon them for shelter and breeding sites. Honeybee and Tetragonula Carbonaria stingless bee both use tree hollows to nest.
A fellowship of Guardians cultivating healthy pollinators and creating protected areas in gardens, schools and communities as part of the campaign to Pollinate Country.
The role of bees in protecting the land through the pollination of plants is depicted throughout apiculture heritage across the world. In establishing 22 new bee sanctuaries we have cultivated over 1.3 Million bees. Through this method of bee guardianship we may see swarms, once, twice or even thrice based on their vitality and the pollination needs of the land.
This season 505 students participated in the Guardian of the Bee education program to learn and explore our individual and unified responsibility for the health of plants and pollinating insects and animals.
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Visit the bees
Visit your fellow Guardians when you travel across the land and experience the resonance of a Bee Sanctuary. Our partners offer residency, health retreats, community spaces and education centres for you to tune into the hive mind.
Explore the map and make time to visit a pollinator protection area to elevate your journey.