Bee City USA NEWS June 2024

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Affiliate Spotlight: Bee City USA – Pinellas County, FL Takes Flight

Pinellas County, FL, joined Bee City USA just a year ago and they have already completed *so many* great pollinator conservation activities.

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Bee Campus USA – Washington College, MD: Rare, Thriving Native Bee Nesting Site Documented on Campus

This month we have a guest post by Dominique Ellis Falcon at Bee Campus USA - Washington College, MD: 


Campus photographer Pamela Cowart-Rickman, with the help of Sam Droege at USGS Bee Lab, recently discovered that ground-nesting bee hotspot on the Washington College campus, with five different species sharing the same nesting grounds! Four Andrena (mining bees), one Colletes (cellophane bees), and likely three cuckoo bees in the genera NomadaRead more


People’s Garden Initiative Corner: Pollinator Habitat Case Studies + Pollinator Week in D.C.

Each quarter in 2024, we’re featuring a guest post in our eNewsletter from the USDA’s People’s Garden Initiative. Check out our last update: Meet the People’s Garden Initiative.


As we enter June, National Pollinator Month, this is a great time to work on managing your existing habitats or plan new habitats! Feeling stuck on where to start or want to hear about some of the wonderful things others have done? Check out the Stories of the People’s Gardens page to hear and see their inspirational work. The Xerces Society has partnered with several People’s Gardens across the country to help communities expand pollinator habitat in their spaces – read about stories from Sankofa’s Community Garden in New Orleans, The U School in Philadelphia, and Project Sweetie Pie in Minneapolis. 


Did you know that the national USDA office in D.C. holds an annual event for Pollinator Week? If you are in D.C., be sure to come down to the D.C. headquarters’ People’s Garden on the National Mall for Pollinator Week celebrations with Xerces, USDA, and other partners! If you’re not in D.C., lookout for other Pollinator Week events near you, or lead one yourself!


USDA Pollinator Week Exhibits: 

When: Friday June 21, 2024 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm EST

Location: On Jefferson St SW between 12th and 14th St SW, Washington DC, 20250. Exhibits will be set up on the lawn outside of the USDA Whitten Building and alongside the USDA Farmers Market and the USDA People’s Garden.


Free Promo Kit for Pollinator Week: June 17-22

As a benefit to our Bee City and Bee Campus affiliates, we provide "promo kits" to help with outreach. These digital kits includes items like printable handouts, ideas for events and activities, social media content, template op-eds, links for further reading, and more. We hope these kits allow you to quickly disseminate information in a way that is easy to read and share. Access the 2024 Pollinator Week Promo Kit: Meet the Bees


We will also be sharing some fun Pollinator Week -themed blog posts throughout the week of June 17-22, so stay turned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts!


BCU Regional Meetings: That's a Wrap!

We just held our last regional meeting in May. Thank you to the dozens of attendees and to the hundreds of people to watched the recordings.


Did you miss your regional meeting? Email to get a link.


Please note: due to our updated privacy policy, these meeting are no longer publicly available on YouTube, but we can share the video link, if requested.


Local Policy Survey: Your Expertise is Needed

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law & Graduate School (CAFS) is interested in speaking with Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA affiliates about their experiences navigating local policies (zoning codes, nuisance ordinances, etc.) that impact their ability to create pollinator habitat.


They are particularly interested in speaking with affiliates who have had success in changing their local policies or who face difficulty navigating their local policies.


This research will lead to the creation and distribution of public resources that will help urban food producers and policymakers navigate the laws and regulations that support or undermine urban agriculture and innovative production in cities and towns across the country.


Take the Vermont Law & Graduate School policy survey



Coming Soon: Our Annual Report!


Have You Turned in Your Renewal Report?

We are finalizing our annual report on 2023 and we are excited to share the great projects of our affiliates in next month's eNewsletter.


If you are on your local Bee City or Bee Campus Committee: now is a great time to check if your team has turned in your renewal report. We would love to renew you for another year.


If we do not receive a renewal report and/or payment in 2024, we will be reaching out to see if your community still wants to participate.


Welcome, New Bee City and Bee Campus Affiliates!

Please welcome to our newest affiliates. ?Ÿ?‰ We now have over 400 affiliates! ?Ÿ?‰


  • Bayside, WI
  • Catawba College, NC
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, SD
  • UMass Chan Medical School, MA
  • University of Montana, MT
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, WI

We're Hiring!

Conservation Entomologist, NRCS Western Regional Partner Biologist


LOCATION: Portland, Oregon (Office space at the USDA-NRCS West National Technology Support Center and at Xerces Society Headquarters). Other city locations in western states will be considered upon request. 


COMPENSATION: $66,810/year





Agricultural Biodiversity Specialist – Habitat and Bee Better Certified Planner


LOCATION: Southern California: Bakersfield or other central location in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura or Riverside Counties.


COMPENSATION: $31.51/ hour, approximately $65,540/year





Conservation Data and Technology Specialist


LOCATION: Remote. Candidates must have a home office location suitable for work purposes, with good internet access, and must be located in a city or state location approved by Xerces as their permanent work location


COMPENSATION: $65,540/year





Learn more and apply: Xerces Society's application website


Upcoming Events

Today! @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ET

Bee City USA - Hampton, VA Event: Neonics and Bees

June 17-22

Pollinator Week

Jun 17 @

1 PM PT / 2 PM MT / 3 PM CT / 4 PM ET

Xerces Society Bug Banter Podcast Live: All About Bees!

Jun 27 @ 10 AM PT / 11 AM MT / 12 PM CT / 1 PM ET

In the Life of Western Butterflies

July 20 - July 31

National Moth Week

Jul 25 @ 10 AM PT / 11 AM MT / 12 PM CT / 1 PM ET

In the Life of: Butterflies East of the Rockies




Bee City/Campus application and renewal fee address:

The Xerces Society

??‹PO Box 84274

Seattle, WA 98124-5574




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Bee City USA – Pinellas County; Pamela Cowart-Rickman; Katharina Ullman


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