What is Bee Campus?
Bee Campus USA is a program of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nationwide initiative to conserve pollinators on college campuses. In 2020, UW-Stevens Point became the first UW school to be a certified Bee Campus. Led by a committee of students, staff, and faculty, our continuing mission is to protect pollinators and their habitats on the grounds of UWSP.
Why we need to protect pollinators
Insect pollinators are an essential part of the ecosystem and our food systems. Research shows that pollinators are in decline globally, in part due to climate change, habitat loss, and pesticide use.
What can I do to help?
You can help pollinators by planting native plants in your garden or yard. Native flowers provide food to pollinators, and native grasses can provide essential shelter. Reducing or eliminating your use of pesticides is a way to ensure that pollinators aren’t being harmed. In addition, consider participating in No Mow May to protect newly emerged vulnerable bees in the spring.
Learn More by checking out these Resources
Wisconsin DNR Native Plants https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/endangeredresources/nativeplants.html
Bee Campus USA https://beecityusa.org/
Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Program https://xerces.org/pollinator-conservation
No Mow May https://beecityusa.org/no-mow-may/
UWSP Grounds https://www3.uwsp.edu/facsv/Pages/Grounds1.aspx