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Redeemer University

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As a Christian university, we believe it is our job to be stewards of God’s creation

Part of this is caring for pollinators and creating an environment for them to thrive. Redeemer University has already taken measures in order to be a bee friendly campus. Throughout the campus grounds you will find many native plants such as Black-eyed Susans and coneflowers, which support the native bee population. Our university also has an established apple and pear orchard on the grounds, which works to attract bees to our campus.

April 2020

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Redeemer University is a small sized university located in the town of Ancaster within the Niag­ara Escarpment. Our campus is located at the edge of suburban Hamilton and the beginning of rural Ancaster. The surrounding area of the campus has large agricultural areas, but is rapidly becoming more urbanized leading to a loss of habitat for various creatures, including pollinators. As a Christian university, we believe that it is our job to be stewards of God’s creation. Part of this is caring for pollinators and creating an environment for them to thrive.

Redeemer University has already taken measures in order to be a bee friendly campus. Throughout the campus grounds you will find many native plants such as Black-eyed Susans and coneflowers, which support the native bee population. Our university also has an estab­lished apple and pear orchard on the grounds, which works to attract bees to our campus. We also have an established vegetable garden on campus, in which the resulting flowering plants (e.g. squash) are also beneficial to the bee population. Healthy bee populations also require wa­ter sources, which our campus can provide to them as we have 4-5 small bodies of water in­cluding stormwater management ponds and creeks. The maintenance team also works towards caring for a healthy bee population and other pollinator populations by choosing not to use pes­ticides, as this is a leading cause to the decline in their populations. Our University’s mainte­nance team already has reduced the area of campus grounds that are actively mowed, which allows many native plant species to readily grow.

April 2020
Bee Campus Redeemer University

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