The Honeybee Conservancy/Anthophilous is a 501c3 non-profit established in 2009 to raise awareness about the collapse of honeybee populations and the risk posed to $15 billion dollars’ worth of U.S. agricultural revenue products. HBC educates about the importance of bees and the challenges to their survival. HBC also seeks to inspire individuals to help boost bee populations in order to strengthen our environment and maintain our food supply.
HBC’s Sponsor-a-Hive program strategically places honeybees and solitary bees and their homes in places where bees can bolster local bee populations, advance science and environmental education, and pollinate locally grown food.
The Honeybee Conservancy also establishes & maintains “bee sanctuaries” including honeybee hives, bumblebee, native, and solitary bee nesting sites. The hives are placed in local gardens, urban farms and green spaces where they can serve as a valuable environmental and educational resource.
In addition, HBC provides educational outreach programs to schools and children’s organizations and engages in broad community outreach to educate the public about honey, solitary and native bees, and other pollinators.
The leaders of The Honeybee Conservancy work on a volunteer basis and manage and execute the majority of programs. Volunteers who come from all walks of life and include teachers, writers, artists, retirees, and college students assist the work on a project-basis.
The Honeybee Conservancy has a small budget, funded primarily by small individual donations. Through strategic partnerships, resourcefulness and pure passion for the subject, HBC has been able to make a much greater impact than its small size and limited financial resources might suggest.