Bee City USA April/May 2019 E-News
Happy Earth Month & World Bee Day!
California's Joshua Tree National Park 2019 super bloom.
Photo: Suzanne Granahan/Xerces Society
Passover, Easter, Earth Day, May Day, honey bee swarm season, World Bee Day in May, preparation for National Pollinator Week in June! What's NOT happening in spring? 

Are you checking your milkweed for monarch eggs? Michelle Clark-Trevino, director of the Main Street program for Beeville, Texas, and chair of Beeville's Bee City USA committee, said recently, "It's working! We planted milkweed on Main Street and now shop owners are calling to rave about having their first experience watching monarchs go through their life cycle!."
Bee City USA: Getting Renewed Every Year
Hillsborough, NC, hosted an Earth Day table with a children's game asking which common groundskeeping practices harm bees and other pollinators.
Bee City USA & Bee Campus USA Annual Renewal Reports Are Treasure Troves

Here's what Raleigh, North Carolina, shared in their report on 2018, " In this reporting period, the City of Raleigh and its partners have converted over 339 acres of lawn to habitat, planted 8 acres of pollinator plants, removed 13 acres of invasive plants without herbicides, and left 158 acres natural for pollination and foraging ."

Americans receive information at hyperspeeds these days. Were it not for annual renewal reports, the pollinator conservation work Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA affiliates are doing might be forgotten. We so appreciate the effort it takes for affiliates to share that information with us each year. Their value is endless. As national program managers, we learn how affiliates are engaging their communities in conserving pollinators, and often discover great ideas that other affiliates could replicate.

Did we get your attention yet? If so, read some Bee City and Bee Campus annual reports whenever you need a lift, and If you discover something you would like to have a webinar presentation on, please let us know. There are probably other people who would be just as interested as you to hear more about these stories.
Want To Show A Movie for National Pollinator Week?

Here are three movies that are sure to entertain, educate and motivate!

Xerces Events Coming To Your Area
They're so ubiquitous, we often forget how stunning common tiger swallowtails are. Did you know that some females may also be black in the pipevine swallowtail butterfly's range? Presumably the black form is to mimic pipevine swallowtails because they are distasteful to would-be predators. Photo: Bobbi Leoni
Xerces has at least one pollinator conservation presentation or workshop somewhere in the country nearly every week. Check Xerces' Events page for details and to s ign up for Xerces's E-News.
Bee City Canada , our sister organization, has a diverse and wonderful array of webinars throughout the year. Check out the line-up for May and June:

Thursday May 9th at 12:00pm EST 
All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, Dr. Una Fitzpatrick, Project coordinator,

Tuesday, May 28th at 1:00pm EST 
City of Toronto's Pollination Action Plan, Patricia Landry, Parks Program officer at the City of Toronto

Thursday, June 18th 2019 at 1pm EST
TOWN OF WHITBY “Leveraging Existing Resources for Pollinator Habitat Creation and Promotion”, Jill Stanton Landscape Architect and Aimee Pugao Parks Planning and Development Divisions
The 2019 Monarch Joint Venture Webinar Series is underway. Register for each webinar here .
Our National Network Is Growing!
Students at Central Community College in Grand Island, Nebraska, plant a weed shield at the pollinator garden. CCC was certified as a Bee Campus USA affiliate in May, 2017.. Photo: Central Community College
The best part of the Bee City USA network is that we are teaching and learning from one another how to mobilize our communities for pollinator conservation. Check the current Bee City and Bee Campus pages to see the most up-to-date lists of our 149 affiliates in 37 states. While you're there, check out our new maps that show which ecoregion each affiliate calls home.

Welcome to the most recent affiliates to join our network!

  • Blackburn College (Carlinville, Illinois)
  • Seaside, California

Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society. Our conservation work is powered by our donors. Your  tax deductible donation  will help us to protect the life that sustains us.
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