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Gardeners build pollinator hoping to improve bee populations

Posted at 3:58 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 15:58:36-04

LANSING, Mich. — Two Michigan gardeners are working hard for the longevity of bees.

Sharon Mullins and Laura Moss built a "bee pollinator hotel" on Western Michigan University's campus hoping it will help to improve honey bee populations.

Some are calling it a "bee hotel," or even an "air bee-n-bee." Regardless, the home actually provides a habitat for bees to nest and lay their larvae.

The home is made with bundles of plant stems, pine cones, rolled up cardboard and small tree stumps with drilled holes.

The women behind the project hope they can inspire others to build similar habitats.

"I hope that it just brings more awareness stuff to people now that more people get on board with doing something simple to help with the bees," Mullins, a WMU gardener said.

"Anyone can do this and it is very inexpensive and the benefits are ours. So rewarding," Moss, a WMU gardener said.

There are actually more than 450 bee species in Michigan alone and more than 3,500 types of bees in the United States.

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