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Heidi conducted a study: 
"Urban vs. Rural Apiculture: An Observational Study of Pollen Quality and Content" 
Research Aim: researching the differences between urban and rural apiaries, namely, looking at the pollen that is collected by the bees. She sorted the pollen and approximated the biodiversity of the available, blooming plants that the bees visit and gathered pollen from. She believes that the pollen collected in an urban environment is more diverse, thus, providing increased dietary breadth for our bees. She will analyzed the protein content and pesticide load in the pollen samples as well, in an effort to better understand the nutritional content and impact of the pollen collected. She presented her research topic to the Maryland State Beekeepers Association at the Maryland Dept of Agriculture and presented the research findings to the DC Beekeepers Association! You can see the footage of that on the News page!

“My idea,” says Heidi Wolff, “was that in a urban environment there may be more biodiversity in the landscape and therefore dietary breadth for the bees. I was correct!”
"This research shows that the percentage of green space in people's living environment has a positive association with the perceived general health of residents." 
Click here for the study!

Heidi created and donated this room designation plaque for the Bee Lab at GWU
Therapeutic Healing Gardens! Click HERE to learn 
How Hospital Gardens Help Patients Heal
Urban Green Bee wants to fill cities and rooftops with beautiful pollinator gardens that unite people and promote conservation. 

Ecosystem enhancement creates eco-corridors that provide increased habitat and gene pools which bolsters pollinators!
The White House has released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators! Click Here for the document!