Washtenaw Community College Named Bee-Friendly Campus for Third Consecutive Year

ANN ARBOR – Washtenaw Community College was recognized as a Bee Campus USA Affiliate for the third consecutive year for educating the community and improving pollinator habitats.

In 2021, WCC led service-learning projects for nearly 250 people and improved or created nearly 29,000 square feet of pollinator habitats on its campus.

First recognized in 2019 by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, WCC was the third Bee Campus USA to be named in Michigan and the 88th in the nation.

Various pollinators visit the campus’ landscaped beds with thousands of annuals and perennials. Many buildings also have bee-friendly rooftop gardens.

“WCC is fortunate to have a large natural area surrounding the campus, as well as a strong biology/environmental science program,” said Dave Wooten, Biology Faculty Member and WCC Committee Member. Bee Campus USA, in a statement. “The two work well together to make our Bee Campus initiatives efficient and successful.”

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Bees are essential pollinators of flowers, fruits, vegetables and other crops, a third of which depend on pollination from bees worldwide, according to Wooten.

As bee populations decline, WCC has also integrated pollinator education into its curriculum, offering five credit courses in environmental science and biology and nine personal enrichment courses that cover the topic.

This fall, staff plan to plant a new perennial flower garden on campus to attract bees.

For more information, visit the WCC Bee Campus website.

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