The Winter Storm Warning couldn't keep them away! Of the 120 people from the southeastern US who registered, about 100 of them braved snow and ice on March 7 to attend the Pollinator Conservation Planning Course. Introductory topics included the principles of pollinator biology, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules covered land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Dr. Nancy Adamson of the NRCS/Xerces Society and Debbie Roos, Cooperative Extension Agent from Chatham County, NC, used stunning photos and case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country to illustrate the modules. Many participants also attended the Organic Growers School on Saturday and Sunday which offered a 6-workshop pollinator track. River Island Apothecary was also there selling Nectar Flow Perfume to benefit Bee City USA.
Preceding the Organic Growers School Annual Conference, Dr Nancy Adamson and Debbie Roos will teach an all-day Pollinator Conservation Planning Course on March 7 at UNC Asheville.
Let pollinators and other beneficial insects do the work! Native bees and other beneficial insects such as predators and parasitoids of crop pests can provide free pollination and pest management services. Find out how to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects on the farm and in home and community gardens.
This full day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches and local resources for attracting and conserving beneficial insects. Register online.
Course sponsors include UNC Asheville Student Environmental Center and Sustainability Office, Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, Asheville Bee Charmer, and Snow Creek Landscaping.
Join pollinator instructor Diane Almond Feb. 11 & 18, 2014, at Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville, NC.
Friends of the Earth announced a BeeAction Campaign this summer to stop the sale of plants treated with neonicotinoid pesticides but labeled "bee-friendly" at large retail garden centers.
Bees carry poisoned pollen and nectar back to their nests, impairing their offsprings' immune systems and compromising their development.
You can support nurseries that don't raise plants from pesticide-treated seeds.
Since Asheville City Council voted unanimously to make Asheville the inaugural Bee City USA designee in June, 2012, numerous representatives of cities--large and small--have inquired about designation.
Hobby beekeeper Dolly Worden of Talent, Oregon, is the latest. Read a recent article about it here in the Mall Tribune, a local newspaper.
On November 13, the Center for Honeybee Research held the third annual Black Jar Honey Contest to locate the most spectacular honey the bees were able to concoct this year. Hosted by chef William Dissen of the Market Place Restaurant in Asheville, NC, six chefs marshaled their tastebuds for the task.
And the winner is….
a honey made by rare bees from a rare plant, both of which only exist on the South African Cape . As the stories continue to mount, here's a teaser.
Anna Koloseike of the Buncombe County Beekeeping Chapter designed this stunning perpetual trophy to honor winning bees and their beeks for years to come.
Thanks to one and all who celebrated the installation of our first street sign on September 16, especially our two city councilmen, Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith. The Asheville Citizen Times covered the event the next day and a week later in its editorial. Asheville Daily Planet ran a great article in its October Issue. And WLOS TV aired a nice story that evening. Be sure to check out the sign when you visit Asheville's City/County Plaza.
The Buncombe Fruit & Nut Club promotes better land use and a culture around sustainability. They also want people to understand how they can help pollinators. So the Fruit & Nut Club joined forces with Asheville GreenWorks and BeeHab to plant a demonstration pollinator patch in their orchard at the Buncombe County Sports Park just outside Asheville, in Candler. Diane Almond of BeeHab and Lisa Wagner of the SC Botanical Gardens are busily designing the plot to be filled with native species from the Bee City USA Pollinator Friendly Plant List. They're choosing plants that will bloom in succession from spring to fall and tolerate full sun and dry conditions. The bees are going to love this patch!
Friends of pollinators are invited to join Bee City USA® to celebrate the installation of their very first street sign. The dedication will be held Monday, September 16 in Asheville (the inaugural designee of the Bee City USA program) at 1:30 – 2:00 at the Veterans Memorial in Pack Square Park, at the entrance to City/County Plaza on College Street.
While it may seem just a simple street sign, the Bee City USA sign represents the realization of a dream of many volunteers, the commitment of Asheville’s leadership, and an appeal to open hearts and minds to the little creatures who quietly cause most of the planet’s plants to reproduce and fruit.
Asheville Channel will capture the moment in video and ask guests to share why they think Bee City USA is important.
Celebrating National Honey Month, Sophie Magazine ran several articles about bees and honey, including one about Bee City USA.