Wpg Sun: University of Manitoba buzzing about bee house design competition
The University of Manitoba is abuzz with news of who has won its international bee house design competition.
The U of M’s Chad Morgan Connery and McGill University’s Anca Matyiku submitted the winning design in the open category, while Brandon Bergem, a University of Toronto student, and Megan Krahn won the student category.
Have you ever wanted to design a house but thought it might be too much to do?
Well, how about one for bees, then? No, seriously.
The University of Manitoba has launched an international design competition that has many, ahem, buzzing, asking people to build better homes for nesting bees. The competition is focused on bringing attention to the decline of bee populations.
“Around the world, pollinator insects are under threat from unintended consequences of parasites and pathogens, pesticide use, habitat loss and climate change, especially in urban areas,” said Robert Currie, an entomology professor at the U of M, in a press release. “In urban areas, creating artificial habitats like bee houses that are appealing to the public, easy to use and attractive to bees can help support healthy and resilient pollinator communities.”