Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Pollinator Habitat

Honey bees and other pollinators provide us with one out of three bites of food.   Honey bees and native pollinators are indicator species. Therefore, pollinator health is key to an affordable and sustainable food supply.   Managed honey bees and native pollinators have been experiencing four challenges to their health.  When combined, the pests, pathogens, pesticide exposure, and poor forage are gravely affecting our pollinators.

Pesticide exposure, either directly or through systemic pesticide applications kill pollinators.  Sub-lethal levels of some pesticides remain in pollen and nectar of bee attractive plants. These weaken a honey bee colony across a season, often killing the colony at the end of summer or by the middle of winter.

Corporations can reduce land maintenance costs, reduce carbon emissions, reduce water application to land, support local beekeepers, and native pollinators by planting pollinator habitat on their property.

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This was a collaborative project with Pollinator Stewardship Council, Ohio State Beekeepers Association, and Medina County Beekeepers Association, and funded by the EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund.

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