Let the fall plantings begin!
The leaves are changing and the weather is colder, which means it’s time for the second annual Feed a Bee fall planting tour! This season, we’re highlighting three unique forage projects taking place across the country and celebrating the 22 new organizations that received Feed a Bee funds to plant forage and create new beginnings for pollinators in their communities. These diverse projects bring the total number of organizations committed to bee health to 93 projects nationwide. Stay tuned to learn how our some of our dedicated grantees are making a splash for pollinators in the U.S.
First, the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department Project
The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department (LWCD) plays a leading role in increasing pollinator awareness across Northcentral Wisconsin. Since 2016, the organization has been partnering with neighboring counties to build a rich pollinator community within the region. This fall, the Oneida County LWCD used its Feed a Bee grant to prepare four unique plots of land, to be planted in the spring. These plots will provide excellent conditions for pollinator habitat and are all on land associated with nonprofit organizations, such as the county courthouse and the Historical Society of Three Lakes. The vision for each garden is to provide ample forage for pollinators and create a space for environmental education.
Next up, the Corpus Christi School Project
…which used its funds from Bayer’s Feed a Bee grant to plant 10 flower and herb gardens around its campus in Alabama, providing hands-on learning experience for both teachers and students on pollinator health. Teachers at all levels designed lessons about the importance of pollinators and scheduled time to plant seeds for local bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. On September 22, the school marked the first day of fall by celebrating a Feed a Bee Garden Day, bringing together everything the students had learned about honey bees and other pollinators. Students decorated their classroom doors; the library offered special book displays, and students transplanted seeds into the new pollinator plots. Corpus Christi, which was highlighted as the “Cool School of the Week” by a local TV station, hopes to use its Feed a Bee grant to encourage students to become advocates in environmental science and continue helping pollinators in the area for years to come.
And last but not least, IVM Partners Projects
This year, Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Partners was awarded three grants from Bayer’s Feed a Bee program to conduct IVM workshops, field tours and trainings in Arkansas, Maryland and Tennessee this fall. These trainings demonstrated how to restore native pollinator habitat through IVM best practices, and one workshop was rewarded with an invitation from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to speak at the Arkansas Pollinator Summit in October and help draft a state pollinator plan. The team hopes to spread its pollinator management practice techniques to a diverse group of land and conservation managers, with the potential of improving pollinator habitat on millions of acres of land that include power line right-of-ways, farmland, and highway medians and roadsides.