U.W.-Green Bay gets Bee Campus USA designation

Published: Mar. 27, 2021 at 6:13 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is officially a “Bee Campus USA” affiliate. University officials say it’s a platform that will bring the campus community together for the goal of pollinator conservation.

The certification from Bee City USA lets communities conserve native pollinators by increasing native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides.

Amy Wolf, a professor of natural and applied sciences at UWGB, says with the abundance of pollinator species that we have in the state, protecting those populations that declining is necessary.

“Here in Wisconsin we have a little over 400 of the 20,000 that have been identified globally,” Wolf explained.

Research shows up to 40 percent of pollinator species globally, are currently at risk of extinction.

“So it’s really important to protect these pollinators that are so important for natural ecosystems and agroecosystems, in terms of transferring pollen to ensure fruit and seed production,” said Wolf.

UWGB has 30 acres of open habitat, and officials say they’re trying to increase the diversity of native plants in these areas.

“It’s important for bees in particular to have early pollen resources, so when the queen’s are establishing nests, they need a source of pollen,” Wolf explained.

As part of this initiative, Wolf says they are committed to talking about pollinator conservation in classrooms. UWGB officials say this program is a great opportunity to build on the work that the campus is already doing.

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