Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat
The Fort Bragg Bee City USA committee was a constant presence in 2017 in the local press, at the library, and in numerous events created or supported by the committee. Our education goals were to increase awareness of the threat to bees, and to ensure that everyone in the City and nearby communities is aware that Fort Bragg is a Bee City USA working on solutions for bees.
In addition to its education activities, the group planned and implemented stage one of Fort Bragg’s Bee Garden at Guest House Park in the center of the city. Committee members worked with the City Council’s Community Development Committee to conceptualize and create this garden. Planning for further development of the garden in 2018 continues.
Policies & Practices
To achieve its goals, the committee forged partnerships with numerous local organizations, social clubs Rotary, Lions, Garden Club; nonprofits Safe Passage (family), Noyo Food Forest (food gardening), Bee Bold Mendocino, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, as well as Fort Bragg Library.
Signage placed around the City in parks and prominent locations included 16 – 16” metal signs, sponsored by Rotary Club of Fort Bragg. (Two additional signs will be placed in the Bee Garden at Guest House Park). A Bee “Lantern” in City Hall lobby honors the City’s dedication to bees. Small cling signs are in the windows of many businesses around the City who have collaborated in one or more of our projects, and in the classrooms of interested teachers who have used our materials and information to teach our youth about the importance of bees in our everyday lives.
The Spring Garden section of our local newspapers, the Fort Bragg Advocate and Mendocino Beacon, featured bees and pollinator gardening with articles by three of our committee members.
Education & Outreach
Early in the year, with help from Fort Bragg Garden Club, the City of Fort Bragg printed and published Making Friends with Bees, a tri-fold flyer by local nursery owner Sakina Bush. This flyer is available free at every nursery in the City.
In April at Noyo Food Forest’s Earth Day Festival, Bee City USA sponsored the Bee Haven, an educational exhibit with hands-on learning opportunities for children and adults. Members of Fort Bragg Garden Club also volunteered at a Bee City USA information table. The annual Earth Day Plant Sale featured bee-friendly plants and planting information.
In honor of National Pollinator Week, Fort Bragg Library and Bee City USA, sponsored a well-attended showing of the NOVA film, Bees: Tales from the Hive. During Pollinator Week tent cards about Bees and Bee City USA were on the tables of virtually every restaurant and displayed by many shops. A pop-up shop was held at Visit Mendocino, the County tourism agency, thereby reaching visitors as well as locals, and a publicity table at the Farmers Market. Pop-up shops and info tables continued several times over the rest of the year.
Educational presentations were made during the year to Rotary Club, Garden Club, and Lions Club. The committee co-sponsored a presentation at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens by the director of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at University of California Davis.
In the fall, bees were a theme of a reading program sponsored by Safe Passage. At one event, Mayor Lindy Peters read If I were a Bee, and talked about Fort Bragg Bee City USA. In November, we sponsored a Bee Art Pop up Gallery at a local fashion shop (Splendiferous). Bee Art was sold as well as our now famous Bee Beenies (no two alike) designed and knitted for our program by leading local M.D. Dr. Diane Harris. These hats have been a leading fundraiser for our education and gardening projects.
Local Website & Contact Information
City of Fort Bragg website links to Council Meeting Agenda items:
Pollinator Week Proclamation:
Scott Schneider, IPMA-CP, CLRM
Administrative Services Director
City of Fort Bragg