What's it all about?
In short, bees pollinate 1/3 of our food supply, they are dying at alarming rates and we need to stop their decline and insure the sustainability of our food supply. The goal of the Deep Ecology Project is to build a nationwide network of 1,000 Haven beehives to help replace diminishing habitat for feral honeybees, and in doing so enable the collection of valuable field data for researchers, give breeders access to proven survivor stock and raise public awareness of the importance and plight of this pollinator.
How it works
Every Haven hive functions as a sampling station. Using a ladder to catch a few bees at the hive entrance, any hive in the network can provide samples of honeybee DNA or local pollen for scientists to test.
Swarms, bee trees, and Haven hives are mapped for future reference. As data accumulates we will look for patterns indicating where wild populations are thriving and what the key environmental features of those areas may be.
With the installation of 1,000 hives across the country HAVEN will not only be helping to reverse the trend of habitat loss but will encourage local communities to preserve additional habitat and provide good forage. When complete, Haven will be the first nationwide honeybee sanctuary and an unprecedented research tool.
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