Pollinators welcome at Pitt, a new Bee Campus USA member

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(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) The University of Pittsburgh recently became a member of the Bee Campus USA Network, an honor that recognizes its efforts to attract pollinators to campus as part of a larger commitment to sustainable practices. Pitt is the latest of 103 Bee Campus USA affiliates and one of five in Pennsylvania. The other four are Chatham, Penn State and Susquehanna universities and Dickinson College.

Who likes – and doesn’t like – bees?

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(The Wildlife Society) A new study found that many people in Phoenix, Arizona, feel either neutral about bees or dislike them but overall don’t see bees as a problem in their yards. The researchers hope their findings can help inform education outreach to citizens in order to help conserve the pollinators. “We were trying to understand who likes bees and who doesn’t.”

Get off the grass and let the wildflowers and the bees flourish, council told

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(The Scotsman) Stirling Council is being called up to change its approach to grass cutting with two petitions asking the local authority to back down on trimming back verges and other green spaces on a regular basis. “Normally these spring wildflowers wouldn’t have the chance to bloom as grass cutting starts before their flowering period, but this year, as a result of lockdown, they have been left alone to do what they do best; feed the bees, and provide a beautiful display to cheer us all up in the process.”

Bee population in Wisconsin city increases in abundance and diversity with No Mow May

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(Post-Crescent) A sampling of No Mow May lawns at the end of May found a fivefold increase in bee abundance and a threefold increase in bee diversity in comparison to nearby parkland that was mowed regularly. An assistant biology professor at Lawrence University said the findings demonstrate that not mowing lawns for an extended period is beneficial for pollination.

Why ‘No Mow May’ could be a boon for Toronto’s bumble bee populations

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(CBC) Torontonians with more time on their hands might be itching to do some yard work as the weather improves, but local conservationists say wildlife would indeed benefit from people letting their lawns grow a little wilder than usual. Plantlife, which is spearheading the initiative, says mowing your lawn just once a month can lead to a 10-fold increase in the number of bees pollinating the area.

How will bees react during Rome’s lockdown?

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(Phys.org) Even as Rome endured a recently ended two-month lockdown, some lucky honey bees residing in hives atop the special forestry unit of Italy’s carabinieri – the military police which has a special force charged with protecting forests and the environment – were thriving. The coronavirus epidemic offered a unique opportunity for research, as traffic, pollution and noise in the sprawling city virtually stopped overnight in early March after a nationwide quarantine was ordered.

Study reveals important flowering plants for city-dwelling honey bees

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(Penn State) Trees, shrubs and woody vines are among the top food sources for honey bees in urban environments, according to an international team of researchers. By using honey bees housed in rooftop apiaries in Philadelphia, the researchers identified the plant species from which the honey bees collected most of their food, and tracked how these food resources changed from spring to fall.