Urban Pollination Project: How Pollinators and People Can Coexist

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National Pollinator Week was last week, marking the 10th year the Pollinator Partnership has designated a National Pollinator Week with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pollinator week is meant to bring awareness to pollinators, and their importance to the environment and human lives. Bashira Chowdhury, a pollination ecologist with the Bee Biodiversity Initiative, works year-round to raise awareness for pollinators …

Pollinator Partnership’s 10th Annual Pollinator Week

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Pollinator Week 2017 is the tenth consecutive year of the program that unifies the nation around the vital issue of pollinator conservation. June 19 through 25 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.   More than 160 events across North America have also been organized to support Pollinator Week. …

Alabama Initiative Creates a Buzz in the Southeast

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Bees have been heavily researched in the West, but the Southeast is unknown territory to researchers. However, an initiative at Auburn University is working to shine some light on the Southeast and its bee biodiversity. Bashira Chowdhury, a pollination ecologist with the Bee Biodiversity Initiative, described the Southeast as, “a gigantic black hole” in regards to knowledge about bees in …

Monsanto Surpasses Pollinator Habitat Goal

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Monsanto announced it has reached milestones in two key aspects of its biodiversity program, including protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes. Monsanto established 72 habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators at company sites across America. The number of those sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council doubled from 15 to 31 in the past year. “Our commitment to establishing …

Bee “Bed and Breakfast” Gets Helping Hand from Science

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From the U.S.  Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are digging into the soil around alfalfa fields near Touchet, Washington, to unearth new clues to improve the lives of the crop’s chief insect pollinator: the alkali bee. Alkali bees are champion alfalfa flower pollinators — even outperforming the respected honey bee. So much so, …