18 Feb '17, 12am

Iowa City Sets Aside 1,000 Acres to Save Honeybees

Iowa City Sets Aside 1,000 Acres to Save Honeybees

It’s no secret that bee populations have cratered in recent years – last year, beekeepers across the U.S. reported losing a staggering 44 percent of their colonies over the course of the winter and summer. The causes of bee decline vary – exposure to a variety of pesticides , fungus, parasites and rising temperatures being just some of the potential issues – but there’s only one really effective way to fight back against the problem. Bees need open spaces to roam and collect pollen without being disturbed. One city in Iowa has decided to do just that, in a major way: Cedar Rapids is planning to set aside 1,000 acres of bee-friendly open space. (Eventually, it’s hoped, the project may expand to as many as 10,000 acres.) This spring, they’ll start by seeding a modest 188 acres with native prairie grasses and wildflowers, plants that will both nourish pollinators and prevent ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/iowa-city-sets-aside-1000-acr...

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