News Category: pollinators

Campus is buzzing about UT Austin’s recent Bee Campus USA Certification

Sept. 3, 2020

Thanks to a dedicated group of students, the University of Texas at Austin is now certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. UT Austin joins many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.

Austin’s Other Orange Butterfly

April 10, 2020

About 150 kinds are known to occur in Austin, a mix of temperate and tropical, desert and deciduous forest species that includes the gulf fritillary Agraulis vanillae.

In the News: Longhorns Advocate for Bees

Aug. 10, 2019

Longhorns like Emily Mitchell advocate for bees through Beevo Beekeeping Society: “Pollination is the driving force of so much plant life. Without them, we wouldn’t have the plants we rely on so much.”

In the News: Farm Stand Seeking Bee Campus Certification

Aug. 27, 2018

A pollinator garden in Jester, created a year ago by UT Farm Stand, is part of a campus-wide effort to achieve Bee Campus USA certification. 

Seeing Campus on Summer Days

July 17, 2018

As you walk through campus, there is so much natural beauty to explore.

Beekeeping with a McCombs Senior

May 17, 2018

Kobi Naseck, president of the BEEVO Beekeeping Society, will graduate this spring from Business Honors, Plan II Honors, and the Business & Public Policy Certificate Program. 

In the News: A Buzz on Bees

April 18, 2018

 A lot is happening at UT Austin with both honey and wild bees. Graduate student Kim Ballare, says that Austin is a particularly good urban area for bees, as much local landscaping incorporates native wildflowers and other flowering plants which bees can eat. “Even in downtown Austin, as long as an area had enough habitat for these native species, the number of bees and number of species that were there, were similar to a more rural area or state park.”

Protecting Pollinators: UT Researchers Buzzing About Bees

May 19, 2015

You’ve seen them buzz and bumble through gardens and bluebonnets, but don’t think of bees as scary bugs or annoying pests — they’re important pollinators. On May 19, President Barack Obama announced new steps to protect pollinators, bees in particular. 

“We are potentially in a pollinator crisis,” says Shalene Jha, an assistant professor of biology who has studied bees and whose research is cited by the task force. “Honey bees are declining precipitously, and wild bees have also been exhibiting population declines across the globe. Native bees provide critical pollination services for fruit, nut, fiber and forage crops. Understanding how bees move around the landscape can help us both preserve biodiversity and improve crop yields.”