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Bee City USA

Updated on 04/29/2019 9:06 AM

In October 2018, Carson City became the 76th Bee City USA affiliate in the nation, and the first in the state – setting an example for the rest of Nevada to choose to promote pollinator populations too.

Bee City USA is an initiative of The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a national nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with regional offices in thirteen states. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. Imperiled pollinators like honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, moths, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of nearly ninety percent of the world's flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.

Carson City acknowledges the importance of pollinators to healthy ecosystems, agriculture and the local economy. Due to the dramatic declines in pollinator populations globally, Carson City commits to supporting bees and other pollinators in our Parks and Open Space, as well as on private land.  In order to enhance understanding among staff and the public about the vital role that pollinators play, and what each of us can do to sustain them, Carson City agrees to establish and maintain a Carson City Bee City USA Committee – to help promote and educate the public on what each of us can do to promote sustainable pollinator habitat in Carson City. Ultimately- becoming a Bee City USA affiliate is a commitment to the cause of pollinator conservation in Carson City; and participation in this program will help ensure the survival of vital pollinator species in our community. 

Quarterly Meetings

The Carson City Bee City Committee holds quarterly meetings, with the next meeting scheduled for: April 1, 2020 5:30-6:30 pm at the Greenhouse Garden Center, 2450 S. Curry St. and invites all residents of Carson City to come offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. Additionally, guest speaker David Ruf will be discussing Spring Planting for Pollinators.


Citizen Science iNaturalist Workshop 

Pollinator Garden: Weeding & Seeding 

Bee Habitat Project 

Swarm List 2019


Carson City Press Release

Bee City USA Resolution

Beekeepers gather for holiday party, recognize Carson City designation as state's Bee City USA

 Carson City Becomes 76th Bee City - KOLO TV News 8 

NV Appeal Bee City Announcement 

NV Appeal Bee City Article 

NV Appeal Bee Hotel Article 

Earth Day Nevada Appeal Preview 

Earth Day Press Release 

Resources and Information:

Great Basin Beekeepers of Nevada

Northern Nevada Beekeepers Association 

Identifying Pollinators

Native Bee Identification

Nevada Bee Identification

Know Nevada Insects - Monarch 

Kids Know Nevada Insects - Monarch

Kids Know Nevada Insects – Orange Sulphur Butterfly

Nevada Bugs and Butterflies

Planting for Pollinators:

Pollinator Plant List

What is Pollinator Friendly Habitat? 

Create Habitat

7 Things You Can Do for Pollinators

Selecting Plants for Pollinators (Intermountain)

Growing Native Plants

Choosing the Right Plants

Gardening Guide for High-Desert Urban Landscapes

Flowers at the Border

Penstemon are for Great Basin Gardens

Selected Native Shrubs of Northern Nevada

Native Plants for Great Basin Landscapes

Audubon Society Native Plant Finder

National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder

Plant Hardiness Zones in Nevada Horticulture

Local Producers

Greenhouse Garden Center

Comstock Seed

Washoe State Tree Nursery