The City of Greeley Natural Areas recently received a grant to participate in the “Bayer Feed a Bee Program to Plant Forage for Pollinators” program. As one of the recipients of grants awarded during the fifth selection cycle of this two-year initiative, the City of Greeley has received $5,000 to fund its planting project, which, together with the additional projects honored through the initiative, will help provide a tangible, sustainable solution to the current lack of forage for bees and other pollinators. In the fifth round of selection, 14 projects with demonstrable local impact have been funded across the country. This creates nearly 130 projects funded in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C. since the initiative’s launch. The award to the City of Greeley is the first project funded in Colorado through this initiative.
With the help of the Weld County Youth Conservation Corps, pollinator wildflowers and shrubs were recently established at Mountain Shadows, McCloskey and Pumpkin Ridge natural areas with a goal of offering increased habitat and nutrition sources for local pollinators. The flowers should be in full bloom this summer and the Youth Corps will continue their work throughout the summer to water and weed the newly planted pollinators. Additional seeds will be added this fall at McCloskey and Pumpkin Ridge natural areas.
“We are astounded by the terrific response we’ve received thus far from like-minded organizations desiring to join us in our efforts to support local pollinator populations,” said Becky Langer, project manager for the Bayer North American Bee Care Program. “This 50-state planting initiative will help further the reach of our Feed a Bee program by extending support to exceptional groups nationwide that are working to provide forage for pollinators through innovative and purposeful solutions.”
Bayer works with students in the community to teach them the importance of pollinators to our food supply and how we can all play a role in keeping them healthy and well-fed by planting bee-attractant flowers. Through the newly planted pollinator sites, these students will have the opportunity to see firsthand how bees buzz from plant to plant, while working with teachers and volunteers to continue to plant more blooms that support their health.
Projects range from planting additional native forage, integrated vegetation management (IVM) initiatives, habitat restoration programs and other forms of establishing forage that benefit pollinators. Bayer has committed to fund projects in all 50 U.S. states by the end of 2018, including submissions from community groups, universities, parks, wildlife refuges and more.
Applications for these forage project grants are being accepted on a rolling basis. Organizations may still apply, even if projects have already been funded in their states. Those interested in joining the Bayer Feed a Bee program in the quest to provide ample forage for pollinators can follow along on the progress or submit their own project for consideration via the request for proposals at FeedABee.com/Impact.
For more information about the City of Greeley’s Natural Areas, visit GreeleyGov.com/NaturalAreas.