Live Today: Bee-a-Thon 2011

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Update: No more waiting! The Bee-a-Thon is going right now! Go to!/bee-a-thon.

Buzz is brewing about Bee-a-Thon 2011, an online “town hall” event scheduled for July 16, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Our friends at and The Great Sunflower Project are pulling together a variety of bee experts — from beekeepers to academics to environmentalists — to discuss the importance of bees and the critical challenges of colony collapse disorder. You can find more details and RSVP online for the Bee-a-Thon.

More information from YourGardenShow:

Bee-a-Thon 2011 will be a fun, interactive event featuring top experts in science, horticulture, conservation and education.  People can tune-in to Bee-a-Thon anytime throughout the day from living rooms, gardens, mobile devices and “backyard bee parties” all over the world, to listen in and ask questions in real time.

Bee curious, bee aware, bee a good neighborHere are three ways you can spread the buzz and help the bees:

1 – Put a bee-counting widget on your blog. The “bee-o-meter” tracks the populations of honeybees across the country. You can click on it to find the number of bees in your zip code. Our goal for 2011 is to have one bee counter in each of the 43,000 U.S. ZIP codes. Supporting blogs and organizations will have their logo, name and a link back to their site placed on the website. To get your “bee-o-meter,” visit:

2 – Tell your friends and family. Invite them to RSVP for the Bee-a-Thon here:!/bee-a-thon.

3 – Host a “backyard bee party” or other “rooftop” event. Rally your friends and join Bee-a-thon for a day of engagement and celebration. Downloads and other resources are available here:!/bee-a-thon

Bee-a-thon 2011 is hosted by to kick-off the Great Bee Count, a national Citizen Science campaign to count bees across North America and help shape bee conservation efforts. To find out more about the Great Bee Count with The Great Sunflower Project, visit:

The event is free and open to all.  We hope to see you there!