National Pollinator Week 2019 Recap

 Help us celebrate pollinators year-round!

It’s that time of year again – time specifically set aside to celebrate some of agriculture’s hardest workers: pollinators like bees and butterflies who help bring so many of our favorite foods and landscapes to life.

This year, Bayer joined countless other organizations across the country honoring our fuzzy friends with a week full of activities dedicated to pollinators and those who help care for them.

Read on to learn how we observed National Pollinator Week and a handful of ways you can do the same all year long:

  • Bayer joined with bloggers across the country to plant forage for pollinators, teaching them how to establish potted plants in their own backyard. We enjoyed the chance to watch these families learning together about pollinators and all the important work they do, as well as the best ways to plant flowers to help feed them. Here’s a few great shots of these passionate pollinator advocates planting Feed a Bee wildflower mixes for their local bees.
  • National Pollinator Week

  • We announced the final round of Feed a Bee forage grant recipients who are leading impactful projects on behalf of bees and other pollinators in their local communities. You can see the full list and read more about this illustrious group here.
  • We debuted the Bayer Blue Ribbon Beekeepers: seven young people (all under the age of 18!) who continue to make a positive impact on their communities through beekeeping or pollinator-related research. These young beekeepers continue to impress and inspire us with their devotion to pollinator health. For the full list of those honored and to learn more, see our press release.
  • Bayer employees also celebrated National Pollinator Week with a special lunchtime event at our Whippany, New Jersey, site. Pollinator Week Celebration
    Beekeeper and Deputy Director of Life Science Public Policy Adrienne Shipps joined other members of the Whippany Honeybee Project to raise awareness of the importance of pollination during their lunch hour at Bayer’s New Jersey campus.The group, comprised of around 20 volunteer beekeepers, provides Bayer employees an opportunity
    to learn about beekeeping with their coworkers and protect pollinator health in doing so. In the past, they’ve captured swarms on campus, planted milkweed to provide food for Monarchs and conducted local outreach to libraries and other organizations. The group currently maintains six hives onsite in Whippany. This National Pollinator Week, they staked out a table in the cafeteria and spent their lunch hour teaching colleagues about the importance of pollinators and ways to support them all year long.

  • Hive RescueAdditionally, in the same vein of very timely news for the week, Bayer employees raced into action to protect bee hives in St. Louis affected by rising flood waters. As some of the same flooding that has delayed planting for many growers in the St. Louis area this year worsened during the week of June 17, the hives at Bayer’s Maryland Heights, Missouri, research farm were threatened by encroaching waters. Having already elevated the hives almost a foot off the ground, workers sprang into action, donned their bee suits and waders, and transported the hives by boat to safer ground at the Bayer Chesterfield campus. Out of harm’s way, the 25 hives will remain there for the next several months.

As you can see, here at Bayer we’ve been quite busy working with enthusiastic pollinator supporters like those above and our corporate partners across the nation to support pollinator health and the next generation of our industry. Though National Pollinator Week has now come to a close, the many opportunities to do your part and join us in celebrating pollinators abound.

See below for a few other buzzworthy moments in time this year to remember pollinators, and check back for more updates on how we’re celebrating here at Bayer.

 Pollinator Celebrations Year-Round:

  • World Honey Bee Day: This year, it’s Saturday, August 17. (Not to be confused with World Bee Day in the UN in May – also a great time to celebrate.) Similar to National Pollinator Week, this is a great time to remember bees and all they contribute to our food supply and ecosystem. First started by beekeepers in the United States, it’s now a worldwide event, and there will be various activities taking place around the globe to promote awareness and education. This year Feed a Bee will be visiting the St. Louis Zoo and sharing with visitors the many reasons we have to celebrate pollinators!
  • National Honey Month: Throughout the month of September, Americans take a moment to recognize the importance of beekeeping, the industry and, of course, the many ways that honey enhances our diets as a delicious natural sweetener. Last year, Bayer celebrated with a series of webinars featuring leaders of the next beekeeping generation, in coordination with Bee Culture.
  • Celebrate locally: Looking for a way to continue celebrating pollinators year-round? Reach out to your local extension agent, master gardeners, community garden, etc. to learn how you can help support bees, butterflies and other pollinators in your area. We can never have too many volunteers to help plant forage or simply get the word out.
  • Further reading: Browse the rest of our website for practical tips on everything from “Becoming a Beekeeper” to “Ground Preparation for Fall Plantings.