Wheen Bee Foundation works across a number of project areas to help awareness of the importance of bees for food security and ecosystem health.
5Bees is a program that supports commercial beekeepers recover from bushfire and drought.
The program helps beekeepers adapt in the face of climate variability, including drought, bushfire and floods, and the impact this has on floral resource availability.
Wheen Bee Foundation has launched a Fund to discover and document Australia’s remaining native bee species. The Fund will support an ambitious campaign by Taxonomy Australia to discover and describe all remaining Australian bee species over six years. The Fund was announced at the Discover Bees Webinar held during Australian Pollinator Week.
Green Carpenter Bee
Wheen Bee Foundation is a proud supporter of the Green Carpenter Bee conservation project. Initially started on Kangaroo Island, the focus of this project has recently expanded due to the impacts of the 2020 catastrophic bushfires
The Program encourages the strategic planting of ‘trees for bees’ and other pollinators and provides Planting Guides developed especially by botanists and field ecologists for use by landholders.
Global Online Waggle Dance
The 2020 Global Online Waggle Dance Challenge is an attempt to achieve 20,000 waggle dance videos, from 20 countries, across 2020. Each video uploaded is in honour of the 20,000+ bee species that exist globally.
The Bee Ambassador Program connects passionate bee volunteer advocates from diverse backgrounds such as Beekeepers, Researchers, Farmers, Land & Resource Managers and other interested supporters Together these bee advocates share their passion for bees and help raise community awareness about how to better support bees as keystone pollinators for food security and ecosystem health.
Custodian of Australian Pollinator Week
Australian Pollinator is held annually in the second week of November. Wheen Bee Foundation is the official secretariat for Australian Pollinator Week.
Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators during our southern spring (November). It is a designated week when communities, businesses and organisations can come together to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and support their needs.
Wheen Bee Foundation funds the Australian Pollinator Week events platform at www.australianpollinatorweek.org.au and acts as national secretariat, coordinating annual Australian Pollinator Week activities through this designated site. Communities interested in supporting pollinators can register their local events free of charge and promote their activities to a growing audience already dedicated to the cause.
Custodian of World Bee Day
World Bee Day is held Annually on 20th May. Wheen Bee Foundation is the official secretariat for World Bee Day in Australia.
The purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness of the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy. It provides an opportunity for governments, organizations, civil society and concerned citizens everywhere to promote actions that will protect and enhance pollinators and their habitats, improve their abundance and diversity, and support the sustainable development of beekeeping.
In 2019, Wheen Bee Foundation funded an independent platform that supports and promotes community events that celebrate bees. Eligible events can be listed for free.
Wheen Bee Foundation provides financial and in kind support for World Bee Day through this platform found here: www.worldbeeday.org.au