Buzzing into National Pollinator Week with Webinars, Plantings and More!

Join Bayer, Bee Culture and Project Apis m. to celebrate the honey bees and other pollinators that make this week so sweet.

Supporting Bees, Butterflies and More

Did you know 11 years ago the U.S. Senate designated National Pollinator Week (June 18 – 24) to recognize pollinators’ importance and the urgent assistance needed to support healthy populations of bees, bats, butterflies and more? This weeklong celebration shines a national spotlight on pollinator health and how we can all do our part to protect them for years to come.

Here at Bayer, we know a thing or two about pollinator health. That’s why, through our Bee Care Program, we’re constantly looking for more ways to work with leading industry experts, such as scientists, wildlife biologists, researchers and others, to pool our collective efforts for the benefit of pollinators.

Healthy Hives 2020 is one of those joint initiatives, which we’ve been proud to spearhead in collaboration with Project Apis m. since 2015. This five-year, $1 million research effort is all about finding tangible, practical solutions to improving the health of U.S. honey bee colonies by the year 2020. It includes a broad group of scientists across the country, working in tandem with beekeepers and other stakeholders, to study critical bee health topics and their real-life applications. Just a few examples of this research include projects focusing on bee nutrition, Varroa and disease management, enhanced hive monitoring and management techniques, and more.

The findings these scientists bring forth will inform ongoing colony health improvement strategies for years to come, and they’ll have implications for all of us who care about bee health, as we apply the research to our daily pollinator health efforts.

Ready to Learn More? Join the Bee Health Webinar Series

One way to join us as we champion bees and other pollinators this National Pollinator Week is as easy as tuning in from your nearest computer, as we bring Healthy Hives 2020 researchers to a live lunchtime webinar series in partnership with Bee Culture. Flip open your laptop and join us from the comfort of your own office, home or coffee shop as scientists and beekeepers dive into critical issues in the bee health space and share their insights.

Learn more about the National Pollinator Week webinars below. You can register here.

Stephen MartinWebinar #1: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 12 – 1 P.M. EDT

Hive Management 2.0: Developing a Practical Tool for Commercial Beekeepers

Featuring Dr. Brandon Hopkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology at Washington State University and Brody Tomazin, Commercial Beekeeper at 2J Honey Farms and Round Valley Honey Company, and President, Idaho Honey Industry Association


Commercial beekeepers have many decisions to make each day that can have major impacts on bee health. What if there was a reliable system to track those decisions, plus evaluate the immediate and long-term impacts of those decisions? This webinar will provide an overview of a tool we are developing that does just that, seamlessly integrating into beekeepers’ workflow and optimizing ongoing management strategies for improving commercial honey bee colony health.

 Register Here 


Stephen MartinRandy OliverWebinar #2: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 12 – 1 P.M. EDT

The Changing Face of Deformed Wing Virus

Featuring Dr. Stephen Martin, Professor, School of Environment & Life Sciences at University of Salford, Manchester, UK and Randy Oliver, Commercial Beekeeper and Founder of ScientificBeekeeping.com


The spread of the Varroa mite has dramatically changed the viral landscape of the honey bee since the mite’s first arrival in the U.S. Research shows that the situation is continuing to evolve, as the deformed wing virus is consistently evolving, too. This webinar will briefly outline the history of this virus, its association with Varroa, how it is changing and practical insights on what this means for beekeepers.

 Register Here 

The Celebrations Continue

Not a research buff yourself but still want to join the party during National Pollinator Week? The Bayer Feed a Bee program is also hosting a pop-up planting with @thefauxmartha in Minneapolis to convene pollinator advocates in support of one of the most critical needs for pollinators – abundant, healthy forage. To join us as we plant wildflowers for pollinators, tune in for live coverage on Twitter and Instagram!

At Bayer, one of our favorite things to remind people who want to help when it comes to pollinator health is that you don’t have to be a scientist or grower or have any sort of special expertise to pitch in – everyone can lend a helping hand! To learn more about ways to show your support of pollinators, check out our Feed a Bee website, which details pollinator-attractant forage you can plant in your own backyard, garden or even potted plant for the benefit of bees and butterflies. There are countless other ways to join in, too, like applying for a Feed a Bee forage grant.

Get ready to gear up for another mid-summer celebration of our fuzzy friends this National Pollinator Week! We can't wait to have you join us.