The importance of urban green space for pollinator refuge

Common_Eastern_Bumblebee_0086.jpgPresented by Erin Shank, Missouri Department of Conservation

Landscaping practices in urban areas have a significant impact on the survival of native pollinators. Saint Louis University researchers, with support from Missouri Department of Conservation, conducted a 5-year monitoring study of native bees in St. Louis and discovered that we share our city with a vast diversity and abundance of native bee species. This discovery has been a surprise to many in the conservation field and suggests that urban areas may act as a refuge for native bees, which are largely in decline throughout their ranges. Within St. Louis, bee diversity varies greatly from one neighborhood to another due to the forage quality and nesting opportunities of the surrounding landscape.

Common_Eastern_Bumblebee_0109.jpgFrom small plantings in parks, to back yards, to corporate campuses, land management practices directly and dramatically impact native bee populations. Come learn about native Missouri bees and some simple but significant landscape practices you can employ to aid native bee conservation. 

Erin says:

I am the Urban Wildlife Biologist for Missouri Department of Conservation, a position I’ve held for over 15 years. I received my Masters in Wildlife from University of Minnesota, where I Mason_bee_23.jpgworked primarily on white-tailed deer and waterfowl management. As a Missouri Department of Conservation biologist, I cooperate with communities and organizations to improve urban wildlife habitat, with a special focus on invertebrate and songbird conservation and storm water management. I’m also a Webster Groves resident and Statesman fan!

Sponsored by the Webster Groves Green Spaces Commission

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October 01, 2018 at 7:30pm - 9pm
Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 E Glendale, Webster Groves, MO 63119
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  • Ming B.
    commented 2022-05-30 13:16:09 -0500
    Urban green space is important for so many reasons and pollination is one of the major ones for sure. I’m honored to be a landscaper by trade, for I make it my effort to make my landscape projects as pollination friendly as possible. You can check that out here: I was really glad to see this article in my feed this morning because bees need our help now more than ever and I’m grateful for all you do. Please keep up this important work and best wishes!

    Ming B.
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