Salvation in Pollination

USF named a “Bee Campus USA”

By EVAN ELLIOT Posted Tue, 05/28/2019 - 15:12

For its efforts to save the world one bee at a time, USF has been named a Bee Campus USA for 2019.

The university is the 70th campus in the country recognized by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation for its support of airborne pollinators, particularly honeybees.

In addition to keeping a beehive on campus, USF maintains native plant habitat that feeds local bees, said Craig Petersen, director of operations for facilities management. “We’re working to expand our habitat for honeybees, and we plan to create workshops and classes on the relationship between pollinators and native plants.”

According to the Xerces Society, the founders of Bee Campus USA, nearly 90 percent of the world’s flowering plant species rely on pollinators — native bees, honeybees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, bats, beetles, flies — to reproduce.

Bees are particularly important because they actively seek pollen, unlike most other pollinators that just happen to move pollen from flower to flower while seeking nectar. In their quest for pollen, bees pollinate the plants that feed the world.

Creating a bee-friendly campus is just one of many ways that USF is working to save the planet. Its carbon-neutral initiative is another.