Native bee populations are suffering. They refer to it as Colony Collapse Disorder. No one is quite sure why this is happening, but many believe it is due to disease, nutrition, stress and pesticides.
I hope you all are already using natural alternatives in your gardens and around your homes instead of pesticides. Some past posts that you might find helpful in steering away from these pesticides and chemicals include: Organic Amendments, Grocery Gardening and Natural Insect Repellents.
Another way we can help out our native bee population is to plant bee-friendly flowers. I like to have a variety spread throughout the yard. This year we are adding to our efforts of having a proper bee habitat on our homestead.