(The Week) Using a geographic information system, the teenagers plotted a “Bee Byway”, identifying dozens of sites across Newport News, Virginia, where they could plant native and bee-friendly plants. During the pandemic, the boys have delivered plants to more than 60 homeowners, so they could add to the Bee Byway without worrying about going out to a nursery.
(University of Virginia) “While migration is often viewed as a means for species to proliferate in new environments, in this research we find that there also are inherent perils of expansion, such as a shallow gene pool. While migration will lead to individuals that are better able to reproduce in the small populations expected in new habitats, it may also cause genetic change that limits their ability to survive in the long term.”
(University of Virginia) “The non-natives are already the most common species of mason bee in much of Virginia.” TBR Editor: Although the author of this piece and I share the same name, there’s no relation.