The First National Conference on Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes is scheduled for October 12-14 in Hendersonville, NC. Hosted by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University, this conference is intended for extension educators, academic and industry researchers, growers, and representatives of related industries interested in or involved with ornamental plant production or maintenance. Sessions will include research presentations and discussions on topics such as: Function of urban/ornamental pollinators, threats to pollinators, impacts of neonicotinoids and other pesticides, pollinator-safe products and strategies, and educating the public about pollinators.
Bring a friend and join us for this important workshop on Friday, April 24, the second in a 4-part series presented by the Asheville Alternatives to Pesticides Coalition.
6:00-6:30 Light refreshments
36 Montford Avenue, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Many thanks to Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies, HomeGrown, Green Sage, Catawba Brewing and Roots Hummus for generously providing the location and refreshments.
Applicants wanted! Bee City USA has teamed up with Asheville GreenWorks to hire a Project Conserve AmeriCorps Pollinator Project Outreach Coordinator to serve Asheville and Buncombe County, NC. The deadline for applying is May 22.
Southern Oregon University is pulling out all of the stops for this year's Arbor Day Celebration. In addition to planting lots of trees, they are announcing that they have been designated a Tree Campus USA and the inaugural Bee Campus USA! Listen to an interview here.
Noted mycologist Paul Stamets will speak on April 8 at 9:30 and the Bee Campus USA announcement will take place at 12:00.
The Bee Aware middle school science team from Banner Elk, NC, is on the home stretch and they won't give up. They have been at locations in Asheville and Charlotte asking people to order their honeybee license plates since their return home on Thursday from meeting with President Obama.
If you're in Asheville on Sunday, March 29, between noon and 5:00, stop by either the French Broad Food Coop (on Biltmore Ave.) or the Asheville Bee Charmer (on Battery Park) and order your honeybee specialty license plate. Even if you don't order a license plate, you need to meet these incredible champions for bees.
If they don't get 500 orders by March 30, all of their hard work will be for naught. These plates will not only raise awareness about honeybees, they will raise funds for pollinator habitat at Grandfather Mountain and for bee research at NC State University.
Click here for the application, with complete instructions. The cost is $15 which should be paid by check. Bring your registration card for your license plate number, your drivers license number, year/make/model/body style of your car, vehicle identification number, and full name of your insurance company & the policy number.
For more information visit www.beeawarenc.org
National Prize Winning Bee Aware Science Team to Speak at Alternatives to Pesticides Workshop in Asheville on March 27
Hear Jon's adventures in beekeeping and supplying beekeepers in the Asheville area Sunday, October 26, 5:00 - 7:00. Visit Wild Mountain Bees here and K2 Studio here. Located in downtown Asheville across from Tops for Shoes on College Street, K2 Studio has hosted the PolliNation Exhibit of bee-related art, furnishings, home decor, botanicals, and jewelry since June 13. There are only 10 days left to shop and support Bee City USA!
You do not want to miss this event! K2 Studio continues its PolliNation Exhibit to raise pollinator awareness and to support Bee City USA through November 1. This Saturday, September 20, 6:30 - 8:00, honeybee whisperer Debra Roberts will share tall, bee-ish tales from her travels in Turkey, Malta and other far-flung places, This event is free at K2 Studio in downtown Asheville, NC, at 59 College Street.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts is hosting the "Bring Back the Monarch Awareness Event", starting September 18 beginning with an artist reception and lecture by Ina Warren. The multi-modal show coincides with their peak migration time and will include experiential presentations to children at local schools, milkweed seed distribution, and a monarch tag and release program. Organizer and artist Libba Tracy is committed to doing what she can to get more people involved in helping these mythical migrators.
Header photo by: Nancy Lee Adamson
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