In July 2016, City of Decatur became the first Bee City USA in Georgia. The designation was a collaborative effort between the City of Decatur, Wylde Center, and community residents concerned about the welfare of bees. As a Bee City, Decatur affirms its support for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators and educating residents about the critical role bees play in our ecosystem. “Beecatur” plans and presents bee-related educational opportunities throughout the year.
Bee City USA® is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined via city resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding our planet.
As a Bee City USA affiliate, the mission of Bee City USA - Decatur, GA (a.k.a. “Beecatur”) is to raise awareness about the important roles bees play in our ecosystem. To do this, we:
• Work with city officials to establish and enhance habitats for bees;
• Create, arrange, and present bee-related educational programs within city schools and the wider Decatur community; and
• Encourage participation and solicit support from local businesses and community groups.