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Examining gaps between interest and understanding of provisioning for bees: A capstone project in support of urban bee conservation Public Deposited

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  • Many pollinators across the globe are experiencing population threats and declines (Potts et al. 2010). Approximately 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants depend on animals, mostly insects, for pollination (Ollerton et al. 2011). As over 80 percent of the United States population lives in cities (U.S. Census Bureau 2016), this capstone project explores urban spaces as potential habitat for bee pollinators with the overall goal of increasing habitat connectivity across an urban landscape. At a closer view and in conjunction with the potential of urban green spaces as havens for bees, this capstone intends to further the research on gaps between public interest and understanding of bee pollinators and their floral needs. Past research has found public interest of bee conservation to be high but found gaps in understanding of bees. To efficiently provide for bees in any landscape, knowledge of bees’ foraging needs is fundamental. This capstone explores respondents’ understanding of pollinators and their needs, first with a literature review and then with a research survey. It concludes with management recommendations and a conclusion.
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