With the upcoming annual pollinator week, we at GW Buzz would like to say a little bit about our research this summer and how important pollinators are, even in urban D.C.
The Ecology Team 2018 has taken on a pollinator diversity study on the George Washington University which has lead to discovery and excitement about the density of native pollinators in the area! Just here on campus, we have logged multiple thriving bee species. Bees no only indicate a healthy environment, they play a key role in maintaining and promoting sustainable growth. It is easy to take these small, but very hard working insect, for granted! Next time your walking by one of D.C.’s numerous greenspaces, notice the small buzzing bees working hard. These are not just honey bees, but smaller pollinators doing vital work to keep the city blooming season after season!
Native bees are incredibly important and often overlooked as members of the large pollinator community. Our honey bees, Apis mellifera, are actually non native! Apis mellifera are European honey bees, and out apiary is populated by Russian and Italian bees. Nonetheless, they are welcome guests in our home, because they pollinate many native plant species, and, of course, contribute to our food production and security!
A special thank you to Founding Farmers for making this all possible. They will be celebrating Pollinator week in their locations as well! Stop by and taste some of the amazing honey our hard working bees have produced.
We love our pollinators, you should too!