RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — University of Richmond ecology students are learning about the importance of pollinators, bee colony collapse, native species and ecosystem restoration.
Jennifer Sevin, a visiting lecturer in biology, and her students teamed up with Kirsten Berben, biology laboratories manager and one of UR’s beekeepers, to create a pollinator garden during National Pollinator Week.
A pollinator garden is an area that has native flowering plants that specifically attract pollinators, including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats. The UR team is planting coneflowers, aster, cardinal flower, yarrow and milkweed with a goal to have a variety of plants that attract different types of pollinators and have flowers blooming from spring to fall.
Pollinators carry pollen from one plant to another for reproduction which also helps the agriculture industry. Many pollinators have been in decline, and there is a big push to increase their numbers by planting gardens like the one at UR.
UR has an ongoing beekeeping program with two hives on campus. The bees help pollinate plants and provide ample research opportunities.