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Bee Ball: Mariners & Woodland Park Zoo partner with local author to call attention to the plight of pollinators

The Seattle Mariners have earned a reputation over the years for the team's environmental and sustainability programs. In fact, Safeco Field is one of the most sustainably operated facilities in all of professional sports. In 2017, the team won the Green Glove Award for recycling 96% of all waste generated at the ballpark. That's the highest recycling rate in all of Major League Baseball.

Now, the Mariners are joining with Woodland Park Zoo and local author Lynn Brunelle to draw attention to the plight of pollinators and the effects the dwindling beepopulation has on agriculture, our economy and the environment.

The Seattle Mariners have earned a reputation over the years for the team's environmental and sustainability programs. In fact, Safeco Field is one of the most sustainably operated facilities in all of professional sports. In 2017, the team won the Green Glove Award for recycling 96% of all waste generated at the ballpark. That's the highest recycling rate in all of Major League Baseball.

Now, the Mariners are joining with Woodland Park Zoo and local author Lynn Brunelle to draw attention to the plight of pollinators and the effects the dwindling beepopulation has on agriculture, our economy and the environment.

On Sunday, September 9, when the Mariners meet the New York Yankees, fans can get specially priced tickets for the game and learn how to help save bees. Tickets are $28 and include admission to a pregame educational event at the Outside Corner and a copy of Brunelle's bookTurn This Book Into A Beehive! (while supplies last). In addition, $5 from each ticket sold through the special online-only offer at Mariners.com/Bee,will benefit Woodland Park Zoo, which actively works to promote pollinator conservation programs.

Brunelle's book teaches kids all about the fascinating world of bees and engages kids in bee life and behavior through fun activities. Following a few simple steps, kids can actually turn the book into a habitat for backyard bees, and do something simple to help reverse the alarming trend of dwindling bee populations.

Brunelle, who makes her home on Bainbridge Island, specializes in books that bring science alive through fun, easy to do home-based experiments and activities. A four-time Emmy Award® winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy, Brunelle introduces kids to the mason bee, a non-aggressive, non-stinging super-pollinator that does the work of over 100 honeybees. Mason bees usually live in hollow reeds or holes in wood, but Brunelle's book shows how kids can make a home for them by rolling pages from the book into tubes and using the book's cover to create a hanging hive.

Turn This Book into a Beehive! is published by Workman, publisher of award-winning children's books as well as cookbooks, books on gardening, country living and parenting/pregnancy guides. Turn This Book Into A Beehive! is available at Workman.comAmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-Million andIndie Bound.

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