Working Together for Pollinators

Seattle Joins the National Effort

On May 18, 2015, Seattle City Council, Mayor Murray concurring, passed a Resolution accepting designation as the nation's eighth Bee City USA. Among other things, the Resolution declared that the City will deliver:

"Educational events, pollinator habitat plantings or restoration, and proclamations or promotions showcasing the City’s commitment to enhancing pollinator health and habitat rich in native plant species."

Read the whole Resolution here.

The Local Team

With guidance from the City of Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation and Seattle City Light, The Common Acre is administrating the local program and its deliverables. Key to this process is a stakeholder advisory committee of experts and representatives from pro-pollinator organizations. Our goal is to develop policy proposals for pollinators which are (a) based on science and which (b) maximize trophic interactions (i.e. those that support the food chain) in an urban environment.

Together we will consider needs, opportunities, and resources, and come up with a way to make Seattle an exemplary "Bee City." Our success also depends on you!

Be a Bee Citizen

Attend a Pollinator Week activity (June 15 - 21, 2015):

  • Saturday, June 13, 11:00 am: Puget Sound Beekeepers Association work party at the Washington Park Arboretum, Free registration here.
  • Saturday, June 13, 2:00 pm: Seattle Tilth and Washington Parks host "CSI Bees," at Bradner Gardens (Mt. Baker neighborhood), Citizen Science on how to identify bees and other pollinators taught by WSU's Eli Bloom. Free, ages 8+. Details and registration here.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 10:00 am: West Seattle Bee Garden hosts Story Time and Hive Tour with Lauren Englund. Free, for all ages. Info here.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 pm: Eric Lee-Mäder (Xerces Society) speaks at Town Hall Seattle on "Saving Farms and Cities with Pollinator Conservation." Info and $5 tickets here.
  • Saturday, June 20, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm: Restore the Duwamish Hill Preserve (Tukwila). Help weed and plant native plants (the best way to support pollinator communities). Free, all-ages, registration and details here.
  • Sunday, June 21, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Bumble Bee Workshop at Alleycat Acres Beacon Hill Farm. Learn about bumble bees and build your own nesting box. Free, all-ages, registration and details here.

Support pollinators where you live:

Learn more about pollinators. Here are three excellent starting points:

  • Gary Paul Nabham, The Forgotten Pollinators, a prescient book on wild bees and their impact on society.
  • Thomas Seeley, Honeybee Democracy a fascinating and clear description of how honey bees make decisions by one of the world's leading bee scientists.
  • Queen of the Sun, excellent bee movie from Portland filmmakers.

Join a citizen science project focused on bees:

Beekeepers, contribute data from your hives:

Endorse the Bee City initiative:

  • Are you a pollinator-friendly organization? Contact us to discuss how to get involved!
  • Bee Citizens... stay tuned for when we roll out policy initiatives on which you can help. Meanwhile, join our emailing list!

Donate to Common Acre to help us in our work supporting conservation, preservation, arts and education on behalf of pollinators.

About Bee City USA

Bee City USA began in Asheville, NC, which kicked off the program in June 2013 with their eponymous declaration. Bee City "encourages city leaders to celebrate and raise awareness of the contribution bees and other pollinators make to our world."

Bees and other pollinators—particularly butterflies—are threatened because of habitat loss, pesticides, and diseases. The threat affects the viability of native plant communities and our very food systems.

Bee City USA helps municipalities coordinate efforts to make a difference, and also to network with each other to share information. We look forward to participating both locally and with our colleagues across the nation!