Leave the Leaves Bee City USA News

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2023 Leave the Leaves Promo Kit

As a benefit to our Bee City and Bee Campus affiliates, we provide "promo kits" to help affiliates easily share pollinator conservation tools within their communities for events like No Mow May, Earth Week, Pollinator Week, and, for autumn: Leave the Leaves! 


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 2023 Leave the Leaves promo kit here

Affiliate Spotlight: Pollinator habitat is par for the course at Mizzou

From the 1957 purchase and preservation of a 146-acre tract of virgin tallgrass prairie, to the ongoing efforts of campus faculty, staff and students to engage the broader public, University of Missouri (MU) has long been a leader promoting land stewardship in harmony with nature. The following are some highlights of efforts on campus and beyond aimed at pollinator conservation. Read more

Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA featured in the Xerces blog and eNewsletter

Our annual report was featured in the Xerces Society's blog and eNewsletter recently, check it out! Read more

New Virtual Affiliate Meetup: SE Region

Bee City & Bee Campus USA Virtual Affiliate Meetup: Southeast Region


October 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Register for SE meeting


Join Laurie Hamon, Xerces Society’s Endangered Species Conservation Biologist for a short presentation on the Southeastern Bee Atlas, followed by an extended Q&A and group discussion with Laurie and Bee City and Bee Campus USA National Coordinator Laura Rost. This is an opportunity to share your successes, ask for advice, and connect with your fellow affiliate cities and campuses.


Feel free to join us if you are a Bee City or Bee Campus affiliate in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


This free Bee City USA webinar is hosted by Xerces Society and will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel on the Bee City USA playlist. Auto-generated Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.


Watch Past Regional meetings


Bee City & Bee Campus USA Virtual Affiliate Meetup: SW Region


Bee City & Bee Campus USA Virtual Affiliate Meetup: Great Lakes


Bee City & Bee Campus USA Virtual Affiliate Meetup: NE & Mid-Atlantic - video will be shared in October's eNewsletter


More regional meetings to come!

8 Pesticide Myths Every Gardener Should Know

Have you ever turned to advice from online gardening forums about damage on your garden plants? Chances are, you’ve encountered one of these eight common myths about pesticides in the garden. In this blog, we separate pesticide fact from fiction to help you take a pollinator-first approach to garden management. Read more

Welcome, new affiliates!

  • Bellarmine University, KY
  • La Plata, MD
  • Livingston, MT
  • Utah State University, UT

Upcoming events

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Webinar: Fall Gardening for Pollinators: Creating a Resilient Garden for All Seasons


October 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

Pinellas County FL Fall Wildflower & Pollinator Festival


October 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm PDT

In the Life of Bees: Nesting in Darkness


October 20

28th Annual Symbolic Monarch Migration to Mexico with Bee City USA – Hendersonville


October 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Bee City & Bee Campus USA Virtual Affiliate Meetup: Southeast Region


November 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm PST

In the Life of Western Monarchs: A Community Science Approach to Conservation

Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA are initiatives of the Xerces Society. Xerces is a donor supported non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donation today will help grow and sustain our essential work.


New! Set up a personal, peer-to-peer fundraiser to support Xerces.


Contact: BeeCityUSA@xerces.org


Donation Mailing Address:

The Xerces Society

PO Box 97387

Washington DC, 20090-7387


Application and Renewal Fee Address:

The Xerces Society

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Seattle, WA 98124-5574


Leave the Leaves photo: Suzanne Granahan / Xerces Society


Mizzou photo: Leanne Tippett Mosby


Annual report photo: Bee City USA Talent, OR Committee


SE Virtual Affiliate Meetup photo: Bee Campus East Carolina University, NC


8 Pesticide Myths Photo: John Flannery


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