2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Keywords

Bees--Ecology; Bees--Habitat;

Abstract

Introduction:
• Decrease in wild bees are linked to loss of prairie and floral resources.1
• The USDA’s Farmers Service Association started a pollinator habitat initiative called CP-42 within the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
• Program goals include preservation of wildlife and maintaining native landscapes. • We evaluated success of the program by measuring vegetation density and pollinator habitat quality, along with bee abundance in June and July of 2019.
• We measured bee abundance and compared it to floral resources of planted (sown) species and unplanted (unsown) species.
• This comparison shows if current seed mixes are promoting pollinators better than weeds.

Start Date

2-8-2019 11:30 AM

End Date

2-8-2019 1:30 PM

Event Host

Summer Undergraduate Research Program, University of Northern Iowa

Faculty Advisor

Kenneth Elgersma

Department

Department of Biology

File Format

application/pdf

Included in

Entomology Commons

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Aug 2nd, 11:30 AM Aug 2nd, 1:30 PM

Sown and Unsown Floral Resources Both Support Bee Abundance

Introduction:
• Decrease in wild bees are linked to loss of prairie and floral resources.1
• The USDA’s Farmers Service Association started a pollinator habitat initiative called CP-42 within the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
• Program goals include preservation of wildlife and maintaining native landscapes. • We evaluated success of the program by measuring vegetation density and pollinator habitat quality, along with bee abundance in June and July of 2019.
• We measured bee abundance and compared it to floral resources of planted (sown) species and unplanted (unsown) species.
• This comparison shows if current seed mixes are promoting pollinators better than weeds.