Thanks to all North Carolinans who rushed to wherever the Bee Aware Team were tabling that day to add their order to the stack. Now the kids have enough to ask the legislature to approve their specialty license plate which will support the native pollinator habitat at Grandfather Mountain and bee research at North Carolina State University for years and years to come.
Hopefully by this summer, any North Carolina driver will be able to choose a Save the Honeybee specialty license plate.
Thanks to these kids for inspiring us all.
National Prize Winning Bee Aware Science Team to Speak at Alternatives to Pesticides Workshop in Asheville on March 27
Talent, Oregon, was the second city in the country to be certified a Bee City USA community.
On April 6, naturopathic doctor McClane Duncan will talk about the harmful effects common pesticides and herbicides have on human health and development. Entomology researcher Richard Hilton will discuss bee friendly farming and Integrated Pest Management in local orchards and vineyards. And, Cara Cruickshank will address maintaining beautiful gardens and lawns without synthetic chemicals.
Breaking news! According to Nursery MANAGEMENT magazine, out of concern for pollinators, Home Depot has led the way for big box stores to require their nursery suppliers to label plants treated with neonicotinoid insecticides.
Home Depot's action represents a major milestone in efforts by pollinator advocates to inform consumers of the systemic pesticides contained in the plants they purchase. It may also bring new meaning to "More Saving. More Doing."
Header photo by: Nancy Lee Adamson
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