Unexpected Ways to Support Pollinators
North American Precis Syndicate
By making your garden a welcoming place for
pollinators such as bees, you help both it and the planet stay healthy.
You and your family can work together to plant
forage for pollinators.
(NAPSI)—It's a common misconception that you need a large yard and
advanced gardening skills to support honey bees by planting more forage.
However, the reality is that anyone with enthusiasm and a potted plant can
provide bees with the food and habitat they need. While individuals are
crucial in protecting pollinators, many organizations are also finding
solutions to help pollinators thrive in unexpected places.
Urban gardening is not a new concept; these green spaces are usually part
of larger city parks and botanical gardens. However, as environmentally
friendly practices become more popular with younger generations,
organizations in urban centers have started creating their own pollinator
havens in unconventional places.
One such organization is the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).
After building a new native plant greenhouse at the school's Bertie Backus
Campus, the university's College
of Agriculture, Urban
Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) went a step further by
creating a rooftop garden, a Sustainable DC project. UDC worked with the D.C.
Master Gardeners to create a space that will support pollinators and also
serve as a beacon of education and outreach for those interested in urban
gardening and habitat restoration.
Golf courses around the nation are also doing their part to plant more
forage for honey bees. Since 2010, Cantigny Golf in
Wheaton, Illinois, has been restoring several acres
of native prairie land, providing vital habitat for honey bees and other
pollinators. Club superintendent Scott Witte started The Bee Barometer
Project to illustrate how golf can be part of the solution to sustaining
pollinator health. Witte now serves as an important link between golf courses
and organizations raising awareness about bee health.
On Long Island, Bethpage
State Park is also
creating pollinator-attractant areas throughout its vast recreational space.
The park has restored nearly two acres of pollinator habitat and planted
scores of wildflowers, and it's not stopping there. Agronomy director Andrew
Wilson and his staff plan to create an entire corridor for pollinators by
removing invasive species and restoring the areas' native habitats.
Many of these organizations have joined Feed a Bee, a nationwide initiative
sponsored by Bayer to support pollinator health. Feed a Bee's current goal is
to plant pollinator forage in all 50 states by the end of 2018. By partnering
with organizations that provide habitat in unexpected places, the
initiative's message that anyone can support bees and other pollinators is
loud and clear.
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