(Xerces Society) Planting trees is an important action many of us can take to help fight the climate crisis. It’s also an action that will have a significant impact on pollinator conservation. The urban heat island effect, which is caused by large amounts of impervious surfaces, poses serious problems not only for the humans living in urban areas, but for the bee populations living there too. However, trees can provide a signifiant cooling effect in these urban areas that benefit both people and pollinators.
(CBS New York) Gardeners planted more than 200 species of flowering plants along the elevated greenway, and 30 species of bees have been found foraging on the High Line. “What we just did is provide it a suitable habitat for them to be here before they travel off to wherever they want to go next.”
(The Independent) Mainly made up of sedum plants, a total of 316 have been covered in greenery in Utrecht. The shelters not only support the city’s biodiversity, such as honey bees and bumble bees, but they also help capture fine dust and store rainwater.
(RIT) The Rochester Institute of Technology has partnered with the Seneca Park Zoo Society to work on several projects both on and off campus to promote the conservation of pollinating animals, including birds, bees, and butterflies. RIT planted a seed mix specially designed to conserve pollinators in Western New York along a main road on campus.
(CBS4 Denver) With help from students in a class she teaches at the University of Colorado, plus a grant from the university, Danielle Bilot is beautifying grassy areas beside parking lots that are essentially food deserts for pollinators. She’s replacing grass with native plants.
(OrilliaMatters.com) “Pollinators are everywhere; they don’t just stop at city limits. They’re all in our natural spaces, and we’ve got lots of natural spaces in and around the City of Orillia and Severn Township.”
(WBTW News 13) Florence is the third city in South Carolina to become a Bee City USA affiliate, and the second in Florence County. Lake City also has the title.
(EurekAlert/PLOS) The total overall pollen species diversity varied significantly across all four states, with highest diversity in California and lowest diversity in Texas. Nationally, the total pollen diversity was significantly higher in the spring across all locations as compared to other seasons. Top pollen sources across all states included legumes, oaks, roses and daisies. Only a few plant groups provided pollen throughout the year.