Biodiversity Bees at the GreenRoof

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

The research is mixed, but some argue that honey bees can impact wild bees and plant communities to the detriment of biodiversity. Advocates worry about "beewashing" where honeybees get all the love, and other pollinators are pushed out. Pitting beekeeping against biodiversity creates strife, but there is a better choice: By carefully observing local forage-habitat-species interdependence and intentionally cultivating the right plants for a specific setting, people can invite bio-diverse pollinator populations to naturalize where previously there were no pollinators at all, on rooftops, for example. Promoting forage and habitat plantings friendly to many kinds of bees exemplifies how humans can respond intelligently and mindfully to complex ecological concerns. Teaching how to explore pie-expanding solutions like this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Our Plan

Our project site is a successful green roof with many different systems where many kinds of pollinators have naturalized alongside our apiary, and we welcome many school groups each season. This phase: Add weather-proof educational signage and a takeaway on bees, biodiversity, complexity and positive human engagement.

Themes Addressed

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    Biodiversity Loss
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The Benefit

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