This City In Iowa Has A Mission To Save The Bees 1,000 Acres At A Time
Bees are in trouble; entire colonies of these little pollinators are rapidly disappearing over the past decade—something needs to be done!
A city in Iowa has decided to try and make a difference on their own, and it’s pretty awesome.
Welcome To Cedar Rapids
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa people dream big for little creatures. They plan to seed 188 acres of land with wildflowers and native prairie grass to help the bee population.
Eventually, the city wants to do even more by creating over 1,000 acres of pollinator-friendly foodstuffs, a virtual bee paradise!
What’s Causing The Crisis?
The answer to the global bee crisis isn’t 100% certain, but scientists attribute it to factors such as climate change, increased pathogens, and pesticides, not to mention the destruction of natural environments by human developments such as parking lots and commercial structures.
Bees have lost their habitat and their food supply, but Cedar Rapids hopes that their initiative will make a difference.
How Will This Help?
The project has secured over $180,000 in funding and the city has already developed a special combination of grasses and wildflowers to help restore the native habitat.
“With the agricultural boom around 100 years ago, about 99.9 percent of all the native habitat of Iowa has been lost,” says Gibbins, who is managing this ambitious project. “When you convert it back to what was originally native Iowa, you’re going to help a lot more than just native pollinators. You’re helping birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals—everything that’s native here relies on native vegetation.”
Titled the 1,000 Acre Pollinator Initiative, the project still doesn’t have funding for the next four years, but their prairie revival efforts are already underway. It might not immediately spike the bee population, but Cedar Rapids is confident that it will improve significantly over time and that they can provide a model for the rest of the country to follow.
Why stop at 1,000 acres? Gibbins is positive that this initiative could be expanded to 10,000 acres easily enough, and we hope he’s right!
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