RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, we eagerly look forward to fall, the official season of harvest time, pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. But none of these fall favorites would be quite as beloved without the hard work put in by pollinators earlier in the year. That's why this fall, the Bayer Feed a Bee program will celebrate and promote pollinator health by providing them with some of their favorite things - native wildflowers and dedicated areas of diverse forage options throughout the nation.
Feed a Bee and The Wildlife Society (TWS) have embarked on a six-week tour to establish additional pollinator forage at four locations across the U.S. Announced at TWS' annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 15 - 19, approximately 50 million wildflower seeds will be planted at strategic locations in Texas, Kansas, Illinois and Florida, where TWS has a robust regional presence. "The Feed a Bee program is tackling a really important need for pollinators by conducting plantings across the nation this fall," said Ken Williams, chief executive officer of TWS. "At TWS, dedicated chapter members in each region are working now to identify the optimum mix of wildflower seeds to plant in each location to ensure pollinators have access to a wide variety of diverse nutrition sources when bloom occurs in the spring." The original goal established for the Feed a Bee program this year was to generate enough social actions through "Tweet a Bee, #FeedABee" to plant 25 million pollinator-attractant wildflower seeds. Each share of the bee emoji and #FeedABee online triggered additional, real wildflower seeds being tallied for the fall plantings. Thanks to overwhelming support from the public and the generous donations of acreage from partner organizations, the four plantings will take place across enough land to plant 50 million wildflower seeds total.