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Three simple ways to aid pollinators

You can help pollinator friends on National Honey Bee Day, National Honey Month and all year long.

You can help pollinator friends on National Honey Bee Day, National Honey Month and all year long.

(NAPS)—Here’s the buzz on an important aspect of helping our environment. Pollinator health can sometimes seem as complex as a beehive with the multiple challenges bees face. Pests, pathogens, diseases, climate change, improper use of pesticides and habitat loss are just a few. However, protecting pollinator health is something with which everyone can help.

For example, Feed a Bee is an initiative of the Bayer Bee Care Program that aims to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing pollinators today—lack of adequate forage. Just as humans can’t survive on chocolate alone, bees need nectar from a wide variety of plants. By working with individuals and organizations across the nation, Feed a Bee has planted more than 150 million flowers.

Consider these three easy ways to be extra sweet to honey bees and other pollinators:

  1. Tweet a Bee, Feed a Bee. Don’t have a green thumb? Never fear. Every use of the bee emoji and #FeedABee on Twitter and Instagram generates virtual seeds that Bayer will convert to real wildflower seeds and plant with The Wildlife Society at a Feed a Bee planting.
  2. Prepare for the spring. Surprisingly, fall is the perfect time to plant flowers to ensure pollinators have plenty to eat during the spring, and it’s never too early to begin planning your planting. Native plants and yellow, blue or purple flowers are pollinators’ favorites. Timing your planting perfectly is crucial to ensure they germinate and bloom at the proper time. You can read expert tips at beehealth.bayer.us/gardeners.
  3. Celebrate like a queen bee. Each year, National Honey Bee Day and National Honey Month roll around to remind everyone of the important role honey bees play. In 2016, National Honey Bee Day lands on Saturday, August 20, while National Honey Month lasts all September long.

To celebrate busy bees, visit beehealth.bayer.us to explore learning resources, recipes and more information about how you can help pollinators. If you’re ever near the Raleigh-Durham area, you can even plan a visit to the Bayer Bee Care Center by registering for a tour online.

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An amazing come-from-behind victory!

by Justin Glyshaw, 8th grade American Studies

Remington Swade

Caden Burrows

Evan Kobayashi

Who knew that geography could be exciting?
That was certainly the case last Friday, January 7, when the Cedar Springs Middle School held their annual geography bee.
Students in the American Studies classes in both seventh and eighth grade competed in preliminary rounds in December before the holiday break, sending two students from each class to compete in the CSMS bee.
In the semi-final round of competition, students each answered the same ten questions.  All questions were based on knowledge of United States geography. Students with the most correct answers then moved on to the final round of questions. Those making it to the final round included Caden Burrows, Derrick Chong, Logan McGahn, Justin Jones, Mackenzie Weiler, Hannah Serek, Evan Kobayashi, Allyson Marvel, Remington Swade, Kyle Spahr and Jonathan Wolfarth.
The first 10 questions of the final round was a 3-strike process. At the third incorrect answer a student was eliminated. Students again were asked questions about US geography, but this time they were asked to read a map to identify the longitude and latitude to locate the correct state. The field of 13 was whittled down to the final three, Remington Swade, Evan Kobayahsi, and Caden Burrows. The three were neck and neck until Remington missed his third question leaving only Kobayashi, with 2 strikes against him, and Burrows with only one strike. The final three questions were:
3. The Morris Reservoir, which supplies water for Pasadena, is in what state?
Both Kobayashi and Burrows responded correctly with California.
2. A frog-jumping contest is one way the city of Hannibal celebrates Tom Sawyer Days.  This city is located on the Mississippi River in what state?
This time only Evan, due to his knowledge from reading Twain, knew the answer was Missouri.
The score being tied and 2 strikes apiece, the entire competition came down to one final question:
1. The Pecos River flows past Carlsbad before it crosses into Texas from what other state?
Evan Kobayashi managed to answer New Mexico correctly, thereby handing Burrows a second place finish for the second year in a row. As a seventh grader, Caden also finished second to Alexis Lucarelli, a semi-finalist this year.
Kobayashi, a student in Mr. Marten’s Green House American Studies class, was all smiles as he received his champion medal. Evan will now have an opportunity to move on to the state-level competition in which cash and prizes are possible. We’ll keep you updated on his progress in the National Geography Bee competition as we hear more.
Congratulation to all participants this year!

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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