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GOOD NEWS FOR BEES! and us too ;)


The White House released today, National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/national-strategy-to-promote-the-health-of-honey-bees-and-other-pollinators/1554/

(see accompanying story by the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whats-all-the-obama-buzz-about-bees/2015/05/18/5ebd1580-fd6a-11e4-805c-c3f407e5a9e9_story.html)

How timely!  It’s Wildflower Week this week, and Pollinator Week is just around the corner (June 15-21; http://pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2014.htm)

It’s time to engage, Colleagues and Partners!  We are on the hook for progress in pollinator conservation from this day forward.  Here are some of the measurable activities we at the USDA/FS have committed to as part of our participation in this unprecedented effort for pollinators in the U.S.:

–          Host pollinator themed events around nationally recognized days (Wildflower Week, Pollinator Week, Earth Day, Public Lands Day)

–          Add events to Pollinator Partnership website (and NICE database!) for tracking nationally

–          Help promote 1,000 new registered pollinator gardens on Pollinator Partnership (http://www.pollinator.org/SHARE.htm) and/or Greater Atlanta Poll. Partnership (http://gapp.org/) websites.

–          Educate gardeners with zip code-searchable Ecoregional Guides to Pollinator Friendly Plantings (FS-produced!): http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

–          Develop partnerships with non-traditional entities (Zumba Fitness) to connect pollinators, food, fitness, health, and the outdoors.

–          Reach out to media partners with messages about how USDA/FS is working to help pollinators

–          Continue with and expand USDA/FS restoration efforts using native plants and pollinator habitat.

–          Include K-12 pollinator education materials in 4-H Youth Science Day, Ag. In the Classroom, school gardens, GreenSchools!, and other opportunities to share with academic networks.

–          Share newly developed NACD Pollinator Heroes K-12 publications (http://www.nacdnet.org/education/resources/local-heroes)

–          Develop Pollinator Youth Ambassador Program

–          Create pollinator health presentations for national education conferences, as webinars, and distance learning events.

–          Fund & develop Pollinator Public Service Announcements







You might see it all pass you by…

Rachelle Van Zanten – My Country (Official Video) from Taylor F. on Vimeo.

My Country – Rachelle Van Zanten

Hey there mister, take a good look at my country

It’s the natural bona fide high

When you look up from the numbers on your paper

You might see Yakista pass you by

You might see it all pass you by

My harlem grows 500 miles from the city

‘Neath the poplars and the ever-evergreens

I roam the hills to the shorelines of the Deni

Drink the water and we raise our families

Drink the water and we raise our families

And now there’s trouble here, in a land so far away

Where all the dark suits make the rules from 1000 miles away

I’ve seen your future here, I’ve read the history

You make your money grow while killing my country

Hey there mister, take a good look at my country

It’s the Eden and the apple of my eye

You come up from your office in the city

I will meet you at the river by and by

I can not let this pass me by