May Flowers Bring on the Bees

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May 11, 2022

May flowers are finally arriving with a flourish in the colder regions of the U.S., bringing with them a host of old friends as bees and other insects resume foraging. We hope that your May is off to a great start. Ours is — we just got accreditation from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance! There’s also no shortage of bee activity in the Xerces docket, from a nationwide day of action for bee-safe plants, to No Mow May, to great upcoming events and programs.
The Xerces Society Receives Accreditation from BBB Wise Giving Alliance

By meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals, the Xerces Society has achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This accreditation signifies that the Xerces Society is a well-run organization deserving of donor trust.

“We are proud to be recognized with this accreditation,” says Xerces Membership Director Suzanne Granahan. “As a donor-supported non-profit, we strive to provide integrity in everything we do, and the BBB seal is a wonderful affirmation of this commitment.” Read More

Talk to Your Nursery About Bee-Safe Plants

You can join Xerces in a nationwide effort to protect pollinators this spring. We will be letting garden centers and nurseries know that we want plants free of pesticides that might harm pollinators, and we need your voices. Sign up for a Nationwide Day of Action coming up this Saturday May 21. Learn more

No Mow May Affiliate Spotlights: Appleton, WI and Lawrence University
There’s been a buzz lately around “No Mow May”, begun in Wisconsin by Bee City USA affiliate of Appleton in partnership with Bee Campus USA affiliate Lawrence University. Delaying early lawn mowing can increase spring pollinator habitat and foraging opportunities as early flowers provide an essential boost of energy for pollinating insects.

Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA are initiatives of the Xerces Society. They provide a framework for communities to come together to conserve pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat that is rich in a variety of native plants, provides nest sites, and is protected from pesticides.
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Upcoming Events

On May 12, join Xerces for a webinar on What Bee is That? An Introduction to Commonly Encountered Bees of the US.” Matthew Shepherd, Director of Outreach & Education, will introduce you to commonly encountered bees, with notes on their diversity and behaviors, how to identify them, and their habitat needs.

Register and view more upcoming events on the Xerces events page. Learn More

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