Effectiveness of Pollinator Habitat

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Led by: Susannah Lerman and Adam Kay

Bees and other pollinators are experiencing severe declines, primarily due to habitat loss, that have cascading effects on urban, agricultural, and natural landscapes and the people that depend on them. Understanding how to maintain and increase beneficial pollinator habitat throughout MSP could have significant and positive impacts on insect pollinator populations. We are testing the effectiveness of the new state-wide “Bee Lawn” program for transforming MSP into a refuge for pollinators. This research will be useful for managers of the bee lawn program by providing detailed information on optimal soil properties, plant mixes, lawn size, and locations for supporting pollinators.