Alabama Power volunteers support pollinators and the environment at the Auburn Bee Lab – Low Calorie Diets Tips

They are tiny but powerful in their impact on the planet’s ecosystems, agriculture and more. They are the pollinators: the bees, bats, butterflies and even small mammals that help carry pollen to and from plants so that vital habitats thrive and the crops we put on our tables as food grow.

This is pollinator week when many scientists, biologists, agriculturalists and nature lovers pause to recognize the critical creatures quietly moving so much to protect the planet and the quality of life.

Alabama Power’s environmental team and its volunteer staff understand the importance of pollinators. They are involved with projects across the state they are tasked with supporting – on Alabama Power’s property and in the communities that the company serves.

Earlier this month, for example, leaders from the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) and the company’s environmental affairs team met at Auburn University’s bee lab to learn about the importance of pollinators and undertake a volunteer project helping to support Alabama shall bees. Together they assembled and painted over 100 beehive “supers” – short for the superstructures or boxes – which are added to the hives for the bees to store their honey.

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The voluntary construction project directly supported the bee laboratory’s goal of managing more than 300 bee colonies, which when fully operational require 1,200 hive attachments.

Geoffrey Williams, Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Program, and Selina Bruckner, Postdoctoral Fellow in Auburn’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, provided an overview of the laboratory’s ongoing research. They also gave the group a sweet bonus: a chance to taste the local honey. The group also toured the lab’s research facilities before beginning work on the Supers.

In addition to conducting research, the Bee Lab harvests honey twice a year – in May and July – from laboratory colonies located within a 7-mile radius of the university campus. The proceeds from the sale of the “AU-Bees” honey and the t-shirts support the laboratory operations and projects.

“The honey sale is a really great fundraiser for us,” Williams said. “We’re investing that back into the lab to hire students and buy materials and consumables that we may need.”

Jason Carlee, manager of Water Field Services – Environmental Affairs at Alabama Power, said the beehive project is just the latest of several initiatives the company has been involved in to help pollinators. Other ongoing projects include maintenance of pollinator plots on company land; a research project evaluating the value of corporate rights-of-way to pollinator populations; and a partnership with state conservation agencies to protect endangered and threatened plants that are also important to pollinators.

Alabama Power biologists are involved with partners in ongoing research and other projects to track down and protect Alabama’s many species of bats, which are also important pollinators.

“Our work with pollinators and their conservation is just part of what we do every day to support the state’s biodiversity and natural resources,” said Carlee.

Broderick Smith, President of APSO’s State Board, was among the volunteers who took part in the bee project. APSO is comprised of employees from Alabama-based Alabama Power and Southern Company who volunteer tens of thousands of hours each year to support nonprofit and community organizations.

Smith said APSO members are involved in many volunteer projects across the state that support the environment and conservation, such as B. Renew Our Rivers. For more than 20 years, Alabama Power has worked with numerous organizations on ROR cleanups that have resulted in the removal of millions of pounds of trash from Alabama’s waterways.

“Our volunteers understand and appreciate how great and beautiful Alabama is, and they want to help keep it that way,” Smith said.

“We all learned a lot about bees and pollinators through this project,” Smith added. “We’re always looking for creative ways to protect our state and its wildlife. I look forward to more projects of this type in the future.”

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