(The Star) The metallic green sweat bee — Agapostemon virescens is the species name — was chosen for three reasons. One, it’s abundant: of the more than 360 wild bee species that inhabit Toronto, this one is fairly common. Two, it’s hard to miss: it looks like it’s all zhuzhed up to hit the bee version of Studio 54, or maybe the Brunswick House before it became a Rexall. And three, it lives in a condo.
(Geek.com) Sweden had everyone buzzing this spring with its launch of the “world’s smallest McDonald’s” – a miniature replica of the golden arches that doubles as a beehive. Now, McDonald’s restaurants are replacing regular roadside billboards with signs that double as “bee hotels.”
(Minnesota Public Radio) The Lawns to Legumes program received $900,000 in funding this year from the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. The initiative aims to help homeowners lawns into pollinator habitat. Over the winter, homeowners will be able to apply for roughly $700,000 in cost share funds for pollinator habitat projects. A priority area for the funding will be where endangered rusty patched bumble bees live.
(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.