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!