Thank you for wanting to learn more about Bee Habitat and our work. Our intentions are to save our pollinators, reduce pesticides and their affects on our health as well as pets and wildlife.
We have accomplished a great deal in a relatively short amount of time. Most of the work we do involves a steady commitment to make sure that our goals are met. These goals include Cleaner water, air, land to grow healthy organic food, safe and healthy playgrounds, sports fields and parks for our children, pets, wildlife and to protect our future food supply by saving our pollinators.
We are constantly arranging meetings, going door to door, holding meetings in person and on the phone with media and/or a volunteers looking to spread the word with our community.
Setting up classes and meetings with local parks and recreation departments at city, county and state levels. Calling school boards, requesting documentation of pesticide use around children. Providing proven organic solutions and case studies to encourage dependence on natural methods of pest management.
We leverage social media, email newsletters, phone trees as part of our outreach. Our focus is on a goal, not just spreading the word. Continuous and persistent communication & education with our local authorities on safer alternatives, case studies and solutions.
Liking a post on Facebook is helpful, but actually doing the ground work with your community is where the real magic takes place. Following through on our promises ensures success in our endeavors.
Want to actually do something great for our world? We would love to welcome you as a friend and a leader. Call Sandy at 775 453 6120.
Here are A list of items that Bee Habitat has achieved for the community in Northern Nevada over the course of one year:
1. Educated thousands of people on the harmful affects of weed killers and pesticide use. Taught safer alternatives and gave resources to help them make the switch to organic.
2. Organized our first meeting with Washoe County, City of Sparks, City of Reno and Reno Urban Forester to discuss the improper use of toxic chemicals at city parks. Bee Habitat and a group of volunteers attended this meeting in hopes to motivate and education our parks departments to use safer alternatives at local parks. City of Sparks director offered Bee Habitat 27 parks as pesticide free, with some serious strings attached. Later fell through because of the fine print. Currently working to secure more parks and pesticide free signage with the Adopt a Park program with corporations and non profits. The key point here is, we did NOT GIVE UP and now have several cities and counties going pesticide free because of our work!
3. Organized and marketed a Peaceful Bee Parade on Riverside Drive in Reno Nv. 80 attendees, covered by Fox news. Children, pets and local activists dressed up as their favorite pollinator and took the streets of Reno dancing, drumming and singing their way to downtown Reno. Children and teens performed an art protest on stage at Wingfield Park Amphitheater. The same park is now converted and maintained as pesticide free a year later! https://www.facebook.com/events/322044251304480/
4. Scheduled and held private meetings with local politicians on the health benefits of going pesticide free. Researched free solutions to help the city make the switch to organic best practices and then presented to council .
5. Public comments at city hall educating the council members, mayor and public on pesticides and bee deaths. Worked with City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus to create the Right To Know item that would make it mandatory for city employees to put signs up in areas that were recently treated with pesticides. This fell through because of lack of support. We are still looking to implement signs at all parks and public spaces that are treated with toxic pesticides. Right To Know signs stating “Keep off area. Treated with pesticides” signs as well as a text alert message to local residents when an area is treated with a chemical. Presented this idea to Jenny Brekhus. We are hoping to work with city council to vote on this item to review possibilities of implementing this program. We presented a presentation to the city of Reno including case studies of other cities and states with this successful program in place. http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Motion.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=1100&MinutesID=1124&MediaPosition=654.238&ID=10007&Type=70&CssClass=%20style=
5b. Also presented this idea to Washoe County Health Department to notify citizens before they spray with the carcinogenic pesticides to kill mosquitoes in Washoe County. They were a no show for our scheduled meeting and have yet to return our phone calls, but started a NO SPRAY hotline that you can call and get on. Meaning, the county will not spray the toxic chemicals close to your home, but down the street. Did you know that pesticide exposure killed over 300,000 people last year? Did you know that west nile virus killed less than 300? Out of those 300 individuals who died from west nile virus, most were in hospice care. WNV is a common flu we all have been exposed to at one time in our life. Most of us never even know it.
Bryan, Elrik and Michael worked very hard to design, build and install our BeeYouTiful Bee Hotel. Thank you to Galena Volunteers who kicked in some extra back up when we needed it. Built at The Generator in Sparks Nevada, then transported onsite and installed.
6. Won a grant to build Nevada’s largest Bee Hotel and Pesticide free garden. Used $4500 to build large insect hotel, two pesticide free pollinators gardens, hire Elrik Du Sallient to help with our Bee Hotel project and create k – 12 curriculum to teach students in Washoe County about pollinators and how to protect them. http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/12/17/rsar-selects-build-better-block-project-winner/20563171/
Reno Sparks Association of Realtors Build a Better Block Grant Team!
7. Lobbied for pesticide free parks in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Dayton and Lyon County with phone conferences, school districts, local leaders, Beyond Pesticides and local government via phone calls, in person meetings and social media.
8. Organized, marketed and secured free Pesticide Free training for 58 city, state, county and school park officials with Chip Osborn and Beyond Pesticides. As a result, now have 12 parks in City of Reno, 3 parks in Carson City Nevada and two large parks with Washoe County.
9. Helped secure 2 parks in the city of Reno to be converted and maintained as pesticide free. Wingfield Park and Barbara Bennett park: https://www.newsreview.com/reno/fly-away/content?oid=17430288
10. Help secure pesticide free grounds for our state legislature in Carson City Nevada. Currently training staff and monitoring soil for organic systems.
11. Worked with Carson City Nv Mayor Robert Crowell and his team to secure 3 large parks in Carson City Nevada as pesticide free.
12. Encouraged local Washoe County Health Department to begin to advertise their NO SPRAY zone. Gained media coverage on how fighting West Nile Virus with toxic chemicals defeats the counties purpose of protecting the health of its citizens.
13. Provided low cost and free organic lawn care classes in our community as well as presentations at local organizations.
14. Organized and promoted art shows to raise awareness about neonicotinoids and pesticide use at our public parks. Neonics are a class of pesticides found on every plant you buy that is not certified organic. This pesticide lasts up to 5 years, killing bees and other pollinators. Worked to have media coverage to share more organic lawn care tips to the public.
Bee Habitat volunteers working hard for 3 days straight!
15. Planned and Installed an organic pollinator garden at Wildflower Village. We had to drive up to Grass Valley to buy certified organic flowers. Creative Gardens in Sparks Nevada donated organic flowers and soil thanks to Brian Eubanks our city Urban Forester.
16. Secured two of Washoe Counties largest parks to be converted and maintained as pesticide free. Currently working on obtaining sports fields within the county as pesticide free.
17. Created and maintained 4 large organic/wildlife related Facebook groups, Twitter accounts, Pinterest boards and Linkedin articles. We have over 11k followers.
18. Volunteer admin for How To Create A Toxic Free Community with world wide leaders in the organic movement. Educate, motivate and inspire moms, dads and members of the world to reduce the amount of toxins in their communities.
19. Organized a meeting of the minds dinner with Reno City Council Woman Naomi Duerr. Local environmental groups met for an evening of food and drinks, to share in an open forum what their groups are working on, what help they need if any and to network in a way to help foster growth in sustainability.
Marcia Litsinger shows off a pumpkin growing at her market garden, Churchill Butte Organics. The Litsingers are part of the coalition of organic producers creating a new private organization, Basin and Range Organics, to continue organic.
20. Committee member for BAR O a new Nevada Organics Certified program to replace the defunct Nevada Agriculture Certification program. Working with Pat Lynch and board to market, educate and establish a NEW and Improved Organic Certification Program in Nevada. http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/17457660-113/organization-plowing-ahead-to-provide-organic-certification
Mandela African Scholars at Silver Sage School in Nevada
21. Meet with Mandela African Scholars to discuss sustainability, pesticides exposures, GMO’s and organic farming alternatives at Silver Sage School and Healthy Communities event in Northern Nevada.
22. Help create and market The Pollinator Fair at Urban Roots. Led a kid friendly spelling bee, gave awards and prizes while educating the public on how to buy plants that are pesticide free. Face painting, honey bee watching, insects, organic plants and more! Kelsey and the team at Urban Roots rocked our socks that day!
22. Encourage YOU to Partner with local environmental groups to create real and immediate positive change for our community, friends and our children. Call Sandy at 775 453 6120 or email her at sandy @ bee habitat dot com.