Bees Are Crucial To Any Community’s Ecology
Bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in supporting the growth of valuable plant species that in-turn supports the food supply for other species – including people. In recent years bees and other pollinators have become increasingly endangered and more communities have become aware of the need to support their protection and health.
The Sandy Springs Bee City USA was formed by a group of Sandy Springs residents to create a pollinator-friendly community and to support the larger mission of contributing to sustaining a pollinator-friendly environment.
Our Sandy Springs Bee City USA non-profit organization was organized under the umbrella of the Bee City USA non-profit group, an initiative of the Xerces Society whose mission is to support the protection and health of pollinators.
Bee City USA® and Bee Campus USA work to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators, in particular the more than 3,600 species of native bees in this country, by increasing the abundance of native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides. Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA are initiatives of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
We are committed to fostering a pollinator-friendly ecology and to educating the local community about the value of pollinators and how to contribute to the best practices of sustaining a healthy pollinator environment.
We hope you’ll join us in our quest.
What’s No Mow May?
As temperatures warm across the country, bees are starting to emerge from their nests and forage for nectar and pollen. If you live in an urban area you may notice a lot of concrete and manicured lawns but not many flowering plants that provide the pollen and nectar that bees rely on to survive and raise their offspring. We’re trying to change that.
Join communities across the country for No Mow May, an initiative to help support early season pollinators by allowing your yard to grow for the month of May. Learn more about the history of No Mow May, how to participate, and additional steps you can take to help out the bees, butterflies, and other insects that support our planet by visiting Bee City USA’s No Mow May webpage.
Does No Mow May Work? Research Says Yes
Not only were the abundance and richness of bees higher in the yards of properties participating in No Mow May, but they were significantly higher. Participating yards had three- times higher bee species richness and five-times higher bee abundance than nearby parks that had been mowed. This study was published in 2020 and is available for free download online.