Eureka Springs, AR – 2017 Annual Report

Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat

Bee City USA, Eureka Springs became a reality in April of 2016.  Since that time we have worked to develop partnerships with other community based groups with similar interests and efforts.  One of our strongest liaisons has been with the Native Plant  Garden Project.  In September we co-hosted the Eureka Springs 1st Annual Native Plant Fair.  Three educational symposiums were offered throughout the day in addition to educational tables hosted by Eureka Springs Pollinator Alliance, Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, The Nature Conservancy, and several other allied groups.  Many native plants were sold and many pollinator friendly wildflowers seeds were given away.

 

Policies & Practices

Bee City USA, Eureka Springs is under the direction of the Eureka Springs Pollinator Alliance formed as an affiliate  of the Eureka Springs Parks & Recreational Commission.

Our regular meetings are held quarterly.  We announce exact time and date on our Facebook page and contact our regular attendees by email.

Education & Outreach

Through the year we have offered an information booth on many occasions.  Some of these have been at our National Pollinator Week, our public showing of the film “Bringing Nature Home”, our Farmers Market and our Native Plant Fair.

We also have spoken with many community groups on behalf of pollinators with the emphasis on native bees and honey bees.  This last year groups included the Northwest Arkansas Permaculture Education Group, the Rotary Club and students of the Clear Spring High School.

We are currently setting up a hotline for honey bee swarm removal as a public service.  Our intent is to coordinate safe removals through our city Public Works, Parks Commission, city police and fire departments. In addition we offer insect identification services to protect our pollinators from preventable insecticide incidents.

Eureka Springs Pollination Alliance, Pollination Celebration, 23 June 2016, Basin Park

Local Website & Contact Information;

www.eurekaparks.com

Our website:  www.eurekaparks.com

Our Facebook page;  Eureka Springs Pollinator Alliance

Committee Coordinator:

  • Ken Trimble
  • 479-981-0072
  • espollinatorall@gmail.com

 

City Liaison:

  • Steven Foster
  • sfoster@stevenfoster.com