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.
Sandy Springs Bee City USA
Pollinator Week 2021 – June 21-27
- Replace water in bird baths and pet water containers every three days.
- Get rid of English Ivy – it’s not good for the trees and is a great place for water to collect in leaves.
- Keep your gutters free of debris that creates pools of water.
- Keep an eye out for other water collection spots that are a little less obvious – like trays under potted plants.
- Use non-toxic Mosquito Dunks, in fountains or other water features. These are made with Bt-israelensis (Bt-i), a highly specific biological pesticide. The bacteria Bt-i kills mosquito larvae but doesn’t harm other insects, birds, fish or other wildlife. The same substance is also available in pellets that you can put in your potted plant trays.
- In the early evening when mosquitoes are most active, use a powerful fan to keep the little devils away. Interestingly, it’s been proven that individual mosquitoes learn when an environment isn’t hospitable – like when you wave your arms at them and swat! But it’s not much fun to constantly wave the little pests away so use an area fan to do so – with the side benefit of keeping you cooler!