NYC DOT Announced The Pollinator Port Project & Habitats for Bees in DOT Public Plazas

 

 

 

New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort), and Rutgers University today, during Earth Week, announced the Pollinator Port Project to create habitats for at-risk native bee populations in select NYC DOT public plazas and Open Streets. As part of the project, ‘bee hotels’ and ‘bee bunkers’ will be installed, and vegetation will be planted to provide nourishment for bees and other pollinators. According to the United Nations’ Environment Programme, bees are essential for the planet and are a crucial part of the biodiversity needed to sustain life. Bees have fewer habitats in urban areas and often have long distances between green spaces in cities. The installations announced today will provide connections between other green spaces across the city and will attract tickle bees, a small, native bee species that rarely sting.

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Riverside Park Conservancy Installs Housing for Native Bees!

 

 

 

Riverside Park Conservancy installs housing for native bees! Image courtesy Riverside Park Conservancy

Riverside Park Conservancy announced this week that it installed special “houses” for native bees in Riverside Park.

In partnership with The Bee Conservancy, Riverside Park Conservancy placed bee houses in Riverside Park South and in the pollinator meadow at 119th Street, in order to provide safe shelter for native bee populations like Mason bees, Carpenter bees, Leaf-cutter bees, and Bumble bees. Bee houses can support bees through the hibernation season, and can help to increase the populations in coming years.

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NYC Parks Unveils 8 New ‘Pollinator Place’ Gardens

 

 

 

Morningside Park, Harlem. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

Just in time for World Pollinator Week, June 21 – 27, NYC Parks today announced the completion of 8 brand new ‘Pollinator Place’ gardens, featuring native flora and fauna! With the newly planted gardens, Parks is looking to strengthen the city’s population of native pollinators including caterpillars of butterflies and moths — an essential part of the city’s ecosystem!

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Five Beehives Take Up Residence in Madison Square Park & Six Beehives Now Living at The Hilton & Apiary + Beekeeping Classes in Bryant Park

 

 

 

What’s This?  Five new bee hives in Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park is now home to five new Bee Hives! The newest members of the Madison Square Park garden don’t yet appear on the website, and most park-goers aren’t yet aware of their presence.  But if you look closely along the east and west sides of the park, you will find the open-faced wooden structures.  We were fortunate to get a tour of each of the hives by park employee, Marvin Burgos.

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