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A Comparison of Pollinator Habitat Restoration Techniques in Urban and Floodplain Ecosystems in Western Massachusetts, USA

As ecological restoration becomes more relevant each year, restoration of pollinator habitats and species has become a primary topic of interest. Pollinators provide essential ecosystem services and are responsible for over 35% of global crop and 80% of native plant pollination. Despite this, pollinator species are rapidly declining worldwide due to factors like disease, habitat loss, climate change, etc. While a common goal seeks to increase pollinator numbers, restoring pollinator habitat, including food and nesting resources, is the key factor in the success of pollinator restoration efforts. This project aims to compare available floral resources in restored urban and floodplain ecosystems. We use floral and community data gathered from a planted pollinator garden and a restored floodplain (invasive plant species removed) in western Massachusetts. The purpose of this project is to give insight on how to expand methods of restoration and preservation of pollinator species by creating and improving of pollinator habitat, specifically in Northeast urban and floodplain environments.

Alivia Gjekaj, Talia Queeney, John, Rezoni, Lily Smith, Haley Wales '22
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