From Potential to Practical: Conserving Bees in Urban Public Green Spaces

Urban pollinators are challenged by habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. Nevertheless, cities often support rich bee faunas, and public green spaces such as parks, gardens, and vacant land offer tremendous potential if managed as bee habitats. When designing urban bee habitats, ecologists must optimize pollinators’ needs in a manner that both is economically feasible and respects societal norms and values. Codesigning public green spaces with a diverse team of stakeholders is therefore necessary to achieve long-term pollinator conservation in cities

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City-Living Bees Benefit Most From Specific Types of Urban ‘Greening’

Converting vacant urban lots into greenspaces can reduce blight and improve neighborhoods, and new research shows that certain types of such post-industrial reclamation efforts offer the added bonus of benefiting bees.

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The Effects of Nursery Production Methods on the Growth and Survival of Bur Oak

This study compared the transplanting and survival of balled in burlap (B&B) vs. Knit Fabric Container grown bur oaks. It also compared trees that were spring planted vs. August planted. All trees were spring dug. Trees planted in August were held in RootBuilder® containers after digging. Survival rates and height were significantly better in August transplanted trees. Nine of 16 B&B spring planted trees died. Of 16 trees in each treatment losses in fabric bag spring planted, B&B August planted, and fabric bag August planted were 2, 2 and 1 respectively. The purpose of August planting was to bypass the oviposition period of the Two-Lined Chestnut Borer (TLCB). Although the trees were planted in a turf landscape among mature oaks, none of the trees were attacked by the TLCB during the study.By Thomas Green, Connor Shaw, Fredric Miller and George Ware.

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Arrowwood Growing/Planting Study

Derek Snyder, one of our very talented interns, did a study of Viburnum dentatum. It involves the growing and irrigation method used on the plants and the outcome produced after planting in the landscape.

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