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Become a pollinator policy advocate

People can help pollinators by advocating for policies that support and protect pollinators.


  1. Find your representatives: People can make their voices heard by calling, email, writing, or meeting with their representative.  Representatives are most likely to listen to constituents, or voters in their district. To find out who represents you, visit usa.gov.

  2. Understand the legislative process: If you’re looking to advocate for a specific policy, it’s helpful to understand the legislative process.  You can find information about how a bill becomes a law at the following sites:

    Know the Legislative Process & Players from the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest

    Understanding the Legislative Process from UNA USA
  3. Advocate for pollinators: Once you have identified your representatives and understand the legislative process, you can make an advocacy plan and reach out to your representative.

    The online book Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer from the Michigan Nonprofit Association the Council for Michigan Foundations provides information on how to make an advocacy plan and advocacy tactics

    The following sites from the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest provide recommendations for communicating with your representatives.
    Writing a Letter to Your Legislator
    Personal Visits with a Legislator
    Presenting Testimony

    The Council of Nonprofits provides additional advocacy resources.
  4. Advocate as a board: Boards of beekeeping associations and other groups can also engage in advocacy.

    To develop an advocacy strategy for your board, visit the Road Map for Engagement in Legislative Policy from the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest.

    To view resources on board advocacy, visit Resources from Stand Your Mission.

    Boards should be careful that their advocacy is legal. To understand the legality of board advocacy, visit the following sites:
    What is Advocacy? from BoardSource

    Proof that Nonprofit Advocacy is Legal from the National Council of Nonprofits
  5. Review examples of pollinator policy: The organizations and papers listed below show examples of pollinator policy.

    Pollinator policy examples from Pollinator Partnership

    Ten policies for pollinators from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Insect pollinator conservation policy innovations at subnational levels: Lessons for Lawmakers by Damon M. Hall and Rebecca Steiner

    State Action from the National Conference of State Legislators
  6. Get to know Michigan honey bee policy

    Michigan Apiary Law: Act 412 of 1976 (updated 12/1/2020)

    Michigan Beekeeping Rules and Regulations