View our Bee Sanctuary Booklet here.
Since 2010, Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. and his team of researchers, beekeepers, and students have been collecting data on honey beehives. They tracked metrics relating to bee health, such as honey production and overwinter survival. Remarkably, beehives in urban areas consistently produce more honey and also survive the winter at higher rates, compared to beehives in the nearby countrysides. Cities are now seen as sanctuaries for bees.
For more information about Noah’s work, check out his TED talks online, including, “Why every city needs healthy honey bees” at TEDxBoston 2012, and “Our future with bees” at TEDxBoston 2014. These talks presented data from urban beehives, and instructed the world with how to build bee hotels as habitat for native pollinators, respectively. Noah’s book, The Bee: A Natural History (Princeton University Press) is another teaching tool for engaging students of all ages with how bees can be used to advance STEM education.