Meet Me in St. Louis...to Feed a Bee!

On the third Saturday of August each year, the Bayer Bee Care Program makes a buzz about National Honey Bee Day. After hosting pollinator-themed cooking classes for foodies in 2018, 2019 brought us to St. Louis, home to Bayer’s global headquarters for seeds and traits, for our biggest celebration yet.

Unfortunately, our fuzzy friends are facing a few challenges to their success, including a shortage of forage, or food, for them to eat. So what better way to celebrate National Honey Bee Day than to plant pollinator-attractant flowers? That’s exactly what Saint Louis Zoo visitors did – in a pot they could decorate and take home – as well as explore a real bee hive up close.

These fun activities were hosted by the Bayer Feed a Bee initiative in partnership with Missouri Prairie Foundation to show the community how easy it is to help #FeedABee.

More than 200 families went home with native Missouri flowers to feed bees, and we even made the news!

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Held at the Bayer Insectarium within the Saint Louis Zoo, Feed a Bee’s National Honey Bee Day event celebrated the importance of honey bees and other pollinators with Bayer employee volunteers and the St. Louis community.

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Bayer Research Scientist and beekeeper Jim Masucci brought two observation hives for all to see. He and the Bayer Bee Health research team volunteers made everyone’s day as they showed families how bees work together to operate a hive and even taught guests how to spot the queen bee among the buzzing bees.

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We partnered with Missouri Prairie Foundation, a Feed a Bee grant recipient, which works to preserve and restore the state’s native prairie habitats. They also lead the Grow Native! program to promote biodiversity by increasing awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes. Missouri Prairie Foundation volunteers Bob Siemer and Ann Earley manned the planting station, helping families find new homes for native Aster and Salvia flowers.

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St. Louis bloggers like St. Louis Moms Blog, And Hattie Makes Three and Liz Rotz showed out in full force to participate in the event, bringing their kiddos along for the fun. Their kids had a blast planting their very own “plant babies” that attract pollinators. “Easy enough, right? Let’s all commit to doing what we can do support pollinators and, in turn, our world,” St. Louis Moms Blog said.

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After planting potted flowers and visiting the observation hive, attendees could tour the Missouri Meadow installation and Bayer Insectarium to learn all about the different types of pollinators housed inside, including the magical Butterfly Dome as the grand finale!

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Feed a Bee has funded pollinator forage plantings in all 50 states and seeks to teach the public about the importance of honey bees and other pollinators through various events and initiatives throughout the year. Up next we’ll be celebrating National Honey Month all September long! Stay up to date on what we and our partners are up to by following @Bayer4CropsUS and #FeedABee on Instagram. 

All photos captured by Valdez Photography