Sustain Mizzou to build bee hotels to help endangered population

6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, March 28 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:06:00 PM CDT March 28, 2017 in News
By: Jared Koller, KOMU 8 News Reporter
loading
COLUMBIA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed native bumblebees on the endangered species list at the start of 2017. Now, environmental group Sustain Mizzou is building native bee hotels to help give bees a sustainable habitat in Columbia.
 
Recycled material, drilled wood, flowers, dirt and bamboo fill garden pallet shelves to make up a traditional bee hotel.
 
Megan Tyminski, founder of Sustain Mizzou Beekeeping, said there are 452 native bee species in Missouri that require a different type of habitat than honey bees.
 
“Native bees don’t really get headlines and they don’t really get the same kind of concern, but those populations are also really important to conserve,” Tyminski said. “There are so many other bees that need our attention that I really think this project can benefit.”
 
The new hotels offer long-term habitats that are specific to native bee demands. Tyminski hopes they will help increase the bee population. She said she started Mizzou beekeeping because of the concern over the honey bee decline, but soon learned that native bees play just as important of a role with farming.
 
“Honeybees can be considered an agricultural product because we manage them in a system, but native bees are kind of just out in the wild,” Tyminski said. “To me, bees aren’t just about environmental issues, but also a social and economic issue.”
 
A recent study from the University of Vermont piqued Tyminski’s concerns, as the research measured native bee populations in relation to the number of farms and bee-dependent crops in each U.S. county. More than 30 counties in Missouri do not have enough native bees to meet farming demands, especially in the northern parts of the state.
 
“Some counties may be at risk for food security because of dwindling native bee populations, so it’s definitely an issue that stems larger than just protecting bio-diversity,” Tyminski said.
 
Native bees are declining across the nation due to widespread pesticide use on farms, climate change, increasing foreign pests and natural habitat loss. Chemical pesticides that farmers use to spray their crops limits options where native bees can pollinate.
 
“One of every three bites of food we take are thanks to a pollinator,” Tyminski said. “Plus, our earth would look very different and ugly without them.”
 
Many flowers are totally dependent on bee pollination. Almonds and pears are among the many foods also dependent on bees.
 
Sustain Mizzou hopes to spread the new bee hotels across Sanborn Field on MU’s campus within the next month. THe hotels are meant to be permanent structures and will only need annual upkeep and restocking when needed.
 
Tyminski said she sees the project as a small way to a make a big difference in improving Missouri’s environment.
 
“Missouri is very centered on agriculture, so making sure we do set aside and integrate habitat with these kinds of places is really important in conserving pollination services for years to come,” Tyminski said.
 
Tyminski said she hopes pollinator conservation will one day be more of a priority at the state level and encourages those interested to get involved with the Mizzou Botanical Garden, Missourians for Monarchs or Sustain Mizzou.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Homecoming weekend is a big deal in Columbia with thousands flocking in for festivities, including tailgating prior to... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:35:00 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
BOONEVILLE - Law enforcement took two into custody after a car chase late Wednesday night. The couple was identified... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:09:00 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS - Southwest's first all-female crew took off from Missouri on Wednesday. The flight traveled from St. Louis... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:07:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz had his third career hat trick to help the St. Louis Blues beat the... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:06:59 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police Department responded to a call at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in West Columbia. They are... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:39:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MEXICO-- As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, a report by the Violence Policy Center shows that Missouri... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:29:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
ASHLAND - Children, parents and politicians attended a Youth Town Hall featuring Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, Wednesday evening at the... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:14:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - After an active threat on MU’s campus, some are disappointed with the MU Alert system and question its... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:51:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Downtown Leadership Council met Tuesday to decide how to spend fees paid by developers to compensate businesses... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:33:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Arkansas man who made bomb threats to a county courthouse in Missouri so his court hearing... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MOBERLY - Police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of more than a dozen crimes, including rape, statutory rape, sodomy,... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Six years after being one of the first 16 schools to incorporate the Coulter Awards, MU has become... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:14:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – People struggling with alcoholism can find help more easily with a new online navigator tool released by the... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:12:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A judge has fined a central Missouri prosecutor more than $12,000 for failing to provide records... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:52:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R)-Missouri, presented a new piece of legislation she says is aimed at getting more people... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new report sheds light physical confrontations between a Missouri hospital's staff and patients that put the... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:13:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that remains found in March in southern Missouri are a woman who has... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:08:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- The MU community made its voice heard Wednesday, laying out the characteristics, qualities and experiences it's looking for in... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:20:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 49°
8am 53°
9am 57°
10am 62°
11am 66°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
9:00a
Megyn Kelly TODAY
10:00a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
7:00a
Maury
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Superstore
7:30p
The Good Place
8:00p
Will & Grace
8:31p
Great News
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld