Swarm Portland educates about the importance of bees and things we can do to help protect our pollinators. Together, we can create more pollinator habitat and create urban bee sanctuaries.
Below are links to some educational resources, and please join the hive mind on Facebook: http://swarmportland.org/pages/education-resources.
As needed, we do advocacy work around city, state, and federal legislation that helps bees and reduces use of harmful pesticides and practices. Our very first activity was a Bee Die In to protest the use of neonic coated seeds.
Swarm Portland also works to create more urban bee habitat, which we do through partnerships and installations of our Hive Bee Beds.™ These are hand-crafted raised cedar and juniper garden beds can be planted with pollinator-friendly plants.
Proceeds from sales of honey and other items support our education and habitat work.
CROPS BEES POLLINATE
If you like these foods, you can thank a bee:
Report a Bee Die Off
Here is information about what to do if you ever see a bee die off. Please be sure to collect about 3 cups of bees to use as the sample for lab work.
We've collected some interesting facts and background on bees:
Bees Find Better Habitat in Urban Jungle than Farm Country
Intimate Portraits of Bees
Portland Bans Neonic Pesticide
You Have a Hive Mind - What we can learn from bees
Winged: New Writing on Bees
Pollinator Congressional Taskforce Report on Pollinator Health
List of Crops Bees Pollinate
You're Worrying About the Wrong Bees
Protecting Bees & Pollinators From Pesticides