Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee

Goals

  • Become Bee Campus USA certified by the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester
  • Create and implement a pollinator friendly habitat plan
  • Plan and develop pollinator friendly gardens across campus
  • Create pollinator engagement opportunities, including workshops and engagement events
  • Post educational stories/Source stories and signage about the benefits of supporting local pollinators

Membership List

Click on the link to contact any of the members of the Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee. To attend meetings or join the committee email list, please contact Julia Innes at julia.innes@colostate.edu.

Pollinator Friendly Garden

Native pollinator populations throughout the world have been experiencing critical threats to their survival with issues ranging from food insecurity to habitat loss. Considering the critical role pollinators play in our surrounding ecosystem, CSU has made a commitment to make our campus more welcoming to these essential creatures. The Fall 2017 addition of the Clark A Pollinator Bed kicked off an agenda here at CSU to create more intentional spaces on campus, designed to support pollinators by providing consistent food sources and safe spaces for nesting. The flowerbed provides pollinator-attracting plants, such as catmint, verbena, English lavender, beebalm, spirea and black-eyed susans. Along with flowers, it will support signage that will help educate the campus community learn about pollinators.

Source story: CSU starts initiative to bee friendly to pollinators

Area for pollinator garden
Preparing soils for the pollinator garden near Clark

Swarm Response

In addition to enhancing pollinator activity on campus, the university has a response plan for swarming or nuisance insects. Anyone concerned about bee swarms, which are more common starting in February through spring, or nuisance bees, wasps or hornets, should contact Environmental Health Services. Environmental Health Services will manage next steps, including calling beekeepers for assistance in removing a swarm. Contact EHS at (970) 491-6745.

What to do if you have been stung: Remove the stinger as soon as possible. Localized swelling, pain, itching are all normal reactions. Cool lotions or compresses can help relieve the pain and swelling. If you have a prescription for an Epinephrine autoinjector due to allergic reactions, administer it immediately after you are stung. If you have hypersensitivity reactions to either bee or wasp venom wither contact your physician immediately. You can also contact the CSU Health and Medical Center with any concerns at (970) 491-7121.

Get Involved!

CSU Apiculture Club
The Colorado State University Apiculture Club is a platform for students and those interested in bees alike to get involved in beekeeping. Through the club we hope to educate people on the importance of bees and beekeeping in the community, as well as provide a learning outlet for hands on beekeeping experience. As an organization we hope to reach as many people on campus and in the community to help form an understanding and appreciation for bees and beekeeping. Contact Freddie Haberecht: wfredh@rams.colostate.edu

Community Outreach Presentation (Brews and the Bees/Bee Wild for Pollinators) – 2018 dates TBD
Despite alarmingly increasing urbanization, human dependency on nature and natural processes is stronger than ever before. Pollination, one such natural process is under threat globally. Honeybees, bumblebees, wild bees etc., the pollinators that provide diversity in human diet are experiencing serious challenges. Join us at Pateros Creek Brewing Company to learn more about what you can do in your own backyard to enhance pollinator habitat. How can we manage urban landscapes to provide nutritious food sources for pollinators? What can we grow in Colorado that conserves water usage and supports pollinators? What is the pollinator biodiversity in your Colorado backyard? Our panel of researchers will provide information on pollinator plants for urban landscaping, urban agriculture and pollinators, and the different bees and butterflies of Colorado.

CSU Pollinator Focused Courses and/or Workshops

  • BSPM 102 Insects, Science, and Society: Course explores interactions between insects and the Earth including impacts of human activity
  • BSPM 415/SOCR 415 Pollinator Management in Agroecosystems: Fundamental concepts of pollinator biology and management, sustainable crop-pollinator interactions, regional and global issues on pollinator management and conservation, best management practices for commercially managed pollinators
  • BZ 450 Plant Ecology: Course integrates the environmental aspects of sustainability related to plants in their environment
  • Personal Development Institute session at CSU: “Truth Bee Told: Promoting Pollinators on Campus and in Our Communities”
    Description: Our session is a basic introduction to pollinators. We will explore ways to promote pollinator populations, from including plants in your garden that attract pollinators and management of honeybee hives to safe engagement practices and resources. After a basic introduction to pollinators, we will focus primarily on the insect species with a specific emphasis on bees. What is a pollinator? What is a pollinator habitat? How do they fit into our concept of a sustainable university? What is CSU doing to encourage more pollinators on our campus? How can you create pollinator friendly habitats on the property where you live? We will share simple practices you can incorporate to help support native habitats and healthy ecosystems. Understand how native and non-native plants can be components of pollinator habitats. We will help participants to better understand patterns and behaviors of pollinator communities. We will provide information about who to contact concerning engagement with pollinators, and will give tips for how to safely interact with these fascinating creatures. This session will also feature the new CSU Apiary Club. Members will discuss the importance and impact of honeybees through our planned hives on campus. What will it mean for hives to be a part of the campus community, visible and accessible? What hands on educational experience does the club offer? Please join us in discovering the diverse world of pollinators.

Student Learning Projects

Conference Presentations (*Undergraduate student authors):

1.) Mason, L., Arathi H.S. Kondratieff, B., and C. O’Brien* 2017. Assessment of bee diversity using citizen science protocols. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2017, Denver CO

2.) Mason, L., Arathi H.S. Kondratieff, B. 2017. Urban Bee Diversity and Abundance Using Citizen Science. Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference, October 2017, Traverse City, Michigan

3.) Hogeboom, Arathi H.S., L. Bjostad, and E. Bernklau 2017. The Effects of Dietary Phytochemical Supplementation on Honey Bee Survival and Longevity. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2017, Denver CO

4.) M. Schappell*, Arathi H.S. and J. Ham 2017 Monitoring Honey Bee Hive Activity Using Infrared Detectors and Mayfly Data Logger. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2017, Denver CO

5.) O’Brien*, A. Hogeboom, and Arathi H.S. 2017 Bee diversity and abundance in Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.), a novel crop in Colorado. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2017, Denver CO

6.) Carlisle, A. *, Bernklau, E., Bjostad, L. and Arathi H.S. 2017. Honey bee (Apis mellifera) consumption of dietary phytochemical supplements. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Conference 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

7.) O’Brien* and Arathi H.S. 2016 Evaluating bee diversity in genetically modified canola fields. International Congress in Entomology 2016, Orlando FL

8.) Mason L., and Arathi H.S. 2016. Assessment of bee diversity using citizen science protocols. International Congress in Entomology 2016, Orlando FL

Start Your Own Pollinator Friendly Garden

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