Bee City USA September 2018 E-News
For mosaic artist Karen Rycheck (center photo), any giant slab of bare concrete looks like a blank canvas. Last year, she noticed that the outdoor stage between City Hall and the Library could be the perfect place to declare Talent's dedication to vital pollinator insects and the plants that feed them.

​"We have this designation," said Karen, referring to  Talent's 2014 declaration as a Bee City USA  (the second in the nation.). "But few people know that we're a Bee City or what that means. I want to make the commitment obvious. Let's stick to that and honor it."

Scores of people apparently agree. Many have taken the project into their own hands, literally, by taking one or more mosaic workshops at Karen's studio in Talent. Under her careful guidance, they have fashioned an explosion of colorful glass and ceramic flowers, often surprising themselves.

For Carol Berger, a retired occupational therapist in Talent, the mosaic has been an opportunity to highlight the importance of flowers and pollinators. "I have a pollinator garden and this project gives me one more opportunity to promote this cause and have a lot of fun at the same time, "she said.

Flowers will express the major theme in a mosaic 32 feet long by 19 inches tall, to be installed on the lower front of Talent's outdoor stage in time for this year's Harvest Festival. It will have the words Bee City USA - Talent blazoned across the front, and will swarm with insects and bees as well as flowers of every imaginable shape and color. 

​Guest Blog by Diana Reynolds Roome, reproduced with permission from  Talent [Oregon] News & Review and the author, Diana Reynolds Roome .

BEE CITY USA NOTE: Bee City USA is especially excited for guest blog posts from our affiliate  cities  and  campuses
The Endangered Species Act & Pollinators

​Yellow-faced bees are Hawaii's only native bee species. As the primary pollinator of the  naupaka , a beach shrub native to the islands, as they go, so goes the naupaka. 

​In both cases, arrows point to climate change, invasive plant species, habitat loss, diseases, parasites and pesticides as synergistic contributors to their declines. Nevertheless, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation biologists are hopeful that endangered status will strengthen plans to help the insects.

Rusty-patched bumble bee photo courtesy of Clay Bolt.
It's Late Summer--Time for Honey Festivals!
The old saying, "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar,"  has been traced back to G. Torriano's "Common Place of Italian Proverbs" and first appeared in the United States in Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Richard's Almanac" in 1744. It's fun to overanalyze the saying, but its point is honey is a friend-magnet!

At least four Bee City USA affiliates are having honey festivals this time of year. 

Managed with help from members of the Phoenix, Oregon Bee City USA affiliate,  Oregon's Honey Festival took place in Ashland (another Bee City USA affiliate) on August 18-19 . (Read the full article about the day's events  here .)

In Bee City USA - Whiteville, the 2nd annual  North Carolina Honey Festival ws September 8-9 .

Celebrating their 24th year, Kentucky's official state  Honeyfest is in Clarkson, September 26-29 .
Xerces Events Coming To Your Area
Xerces has at least one pollinator conservation presentation or workshop somewhere in the country nearly every week. Check our Events page for details. Here's an example,

September 26, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
National Butterfly Center, Mission, TX

Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist at the Xerces Society, as he overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

Click here  for more information and to register.

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National Pollinator-Related Dates Coming Soon
Established days/weeks/months help draw attention to their subject matter and often provide free resources. They also provide Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA affiliates with hooks for hosting educational events or promotional media. Here are two upcoming opportunities.

National Honey Month (September) 
National Bat Week (last week of October)
Small Grant Opportunity for Affiliates
Nature Works Everywhere, Presented by the Nature Conservancy
Grant applications for K–12 schools: 2019

Many Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA affiliates work with K-12 schools. These small grants will support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. The goal is to support young people who work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

Grants of  $2,000 will be awarded to 50 public or charter schools  across the United States. See the  detailed grant description for full requirements, guidelines, important dates, and online application information.

Applications must be submitted online by  5 PM ET October 5, 2018.

Our National Network of
Cities & Campuses Is Growing!
Welcome to the most recent affiliates to join our network--Boone, North Carolina, and California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, California! Check the current Bee City and Bee Campus pages to see the most up-to-date lists.

The best part of the network is that we teach and learn from one another how to foster pollinator conservation in our communities.

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