Bees at UCLA
Bees are crucial to the survival of life. Bees and other pollinators are responsible for the pollination of seventy percent of major crops and ninety percent of flowering plants which support our ecosystems. A single colony is capable of pollinating a million flowers a day, but beekeepers report that they have been losing forty percent of their colonies each year, endangering our food supply and ecosystems. The biggest threat to bees are the use of neonicotinoids and other pesticides, as well as habitat destruction, parasites, and climate change. UCLA is pursuing the Bee Campus USA certification to become recognized for our work to enhance pollinator habitats on campus and educate our campus community about the importance of bees, including the projects at Sage Hill, Stone Canyon Creek, Hummingbird Alley, and the botanical garden, as well as educational events such as an event at Bruin Plate hosted by UCLA Dining and CALPIRG Students to celebrate food pollinated by bees.
How do you “bee-have” if you find a hive on campups?
Use the 311 app (http://311.facilities.ucla.edu/) to report the hive. UCLA takes a no kill approach to bee hives. Someone will come to re-home the bees elsewhere once the hive has been reported.