This afternoon while out on the deck preparing to start the barbecue, I noticed a honeybee taking a drink from one of the six-packs that I'd watered and moved back out of the direct sun.
I was reminded of what our instructor at the bee keeping class I took had told us: you need to water your bees. Bees drown very easily, so he had a super shallow fountain that he kept six-packs of moss in- the fountain kept them wet continually by wicking, and the moss allowed the bees to alight and have somewhere to stand while they took a drink.
It dawned on me that I have an unused bird bath in the back of the yard, and with all this heat the bees and the birds would probably be glad to find some water. I then remembered that my neighbor Larry has a really nice little natural-looking fountain with a short waterfall in his backyard that the birds love to bathe in. The birds would be alright because of Larry's water feature, but I still needed to do something for the bees.
So if you have time and some suitable materials lying around, give the bees a chance to get some water. It doesn't have to be fancy- it just has to work. No matter where you are, or whether you keep bees or not, please put something out for them.