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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Commercial honey bees are transported between pollinated crops and play an essential role in our agricultural system. This thesis proposes a network of bee stations and corridors that could improve the health of transported bee populations, increase local beekeeping, and help educate the public about the importance of bees and pollinators. The bee stations have at least 100 acres of diversified high-quality wildflower species where trucks that transport bees can stop to “refuel” their hives. The bee stations also have an education center where the public can walk through the wildflower fields, observe bees, make beehives, and learn how to keep bees. In addition to the bee stations, habitat corridors would be strategically “spliced” into existing agricultural fields to create a more diversified forage for bees within the farmland mosaic. Combined, both strategies would become a powerful tool to provide a healthy, diversified, and resilient system to support bee health and reduce colony collapse.
Zhou, Jinghan, "Bee stations: refueling bees and creating opportunities for education" (2022). Masters Theses. 956.
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