Seattle Joins the National Effort
On May 18, 2015, Seattle City Council 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.
With guidance from the City of Seattle’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Seattle City Light, The Common Acre is leading Seattle’s Bee City efforts. 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 based on science and support the food chain in an urban environment.
Together we will make Seattle an exemplary “Bee City.” Our success also depends on you!
Be a Bee Citizen
Support pollinators where you live:
- Make a watering hole for bees.
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:
- Northwest Pollinator Initiative (from WSU)
- Urban Pollination Project (from UW)
Beekeepers, contribute data from your hives:
Endorse the Bee City initiative:
- Founding endorsers include:Alleycat Acres • Beacon Hill Garden Club • Beacon Food Forest • Beesearch • Big Dipper Wax Works • Central Co-op • CoolMom • City Fruit • Freeway Estates Community Orchard • Keep High Point Green • Puget Sound Beekeepers Association • Seattle Bee Works • Seattle Tilth • Slow Food Seattle • Solid Ground/ Lettuce Link • Stone Soup Gardens • West Seattle Bee Garden
- Are you a pollinator-friendly organization? Contact us to discuss how to get involved!
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.”
Bee City 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!