By participating in the Bee Campus USA program, Auburn University seeks to foster efforts to study, promote, and protect pollinators.
Bees and other pollinators provide critical services for the production of food, forage, and fibers, including many crops important to Alabama’s economy. Unfortunately, in recent years honey bee colonies have experienced unprecedented mortality, while many wild pollinators face population declines. This creates the potential for negative consequences across our natural, agricultural, economic, and social systems.
By fulfilling the commitments of the ‘Bee Campus USA’ program, Auburn aims to unite current efforts to raise awareness on pollinators, food production, native plant species, and integrated pest management, all while stimulating Alabama’s economy through species protection and the services that support those efforts. In addition, these efforts generate campus synergies that enable faculty and staff to bridge the academic and operational divide to create new opportunities in research, instruction, and extension related to pollinators and environmental health.
We encourage you to learn more about the Bee Campus USA program, along with the activities here at Auburn, by exploring the topics below. Auburn received the official Bee Campus USA designation in April 2018, making us the 39th university in the nation and the first in the state of Alabama to receive this honor. Our initial activities related to the 7 commitments have been summarized below, and will be updated annually to reflect our efforts to uphold the Bee Campus designation.
If you have questions, would like additional information, or want to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us.