Horst's efforts to discover and highlight the health benefits found in nature will continue on in the HMR Pollinator Project. This three-part project with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab has created an expansive pollinator habitat on the Horst M. Rechelbacher farm in Osceola, Wisconsin.
The sanctuary includes organic pollinator gardens and sustainable farm plots and extensive acreage of habitat for wild bees, butterflies, birds and bats. The sanctuary will also serve as a long-term research and training site for scientists, students and educators.
Research projects will include the study of honeybee food plots and forage patterns and yearly surveys of wild bee populations. The site will also serve as training grounds for Bee Squad members and others to learn about wild bee identification. Future research projects will focus on bees and may include other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats or birds. Future training projects will include establishing a Bee Squad teaching apiary to serve area community members interested in beekeeping.
The Pollinator Project is taking shape at Horst’s farm in Osceola, WI. Check out this video with farmer Keith to learn a little more about the planting of a pasture to help save our pollinators! We can’t wait to hear more about the UMN Bee Squad and HMR Foundation project as it develops!
Where are the bees? Dr. Spivak of the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab explains.