August 19, 2017 — the third Saturday of the month — is National Honey Bee Day. This year’s theme is “For A Natural High: Smoke Some Bees!” That theme, of course, refers to the process of harvesting honey from bee hives.
Recognized by then Secretary of Agriculture of the United States Thomas J. Vilsek on August 11, 2009, National Honey Bee Day was first held on August 22, 2009 as a way for bee keeping associations and related industry and clubs to build community awareness of the honey bee industry. Today, however, it has the added responsibility of addressing some of the issues that affect all bees — native and non-native — and our native pollinators. [Read more…]