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The BEE Project is seeking participants

Danielle Vogler is the leader of The Bee Project, an effort to improve honeybee habitat in the Hudson area. (Hudson Star-Observer photo)

Danielle Vogler, the leader of a project to improve honeybee habitat, is looking for 100 participants in the program.

The Hudson Community Foundation last September awarded up to $20,000 for The BEE Project after Vogler won a Project SPARK competition looking for ideas on making Hudson a better place to live, work and play.

Vogler is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, where she majored in biology and minored in studio arts. She’s currently a student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Ariz. Her parents are Deborah and Patrick Vogler of the town of Hudson.

Vogler explains the project in the following essay, which includes information on how to participate in it.

The BEE Project explained

 My name is Danielle Vogler and I was awarded the Hudson Community Foundation Project SPARK grant to initiate The BEE Project, an endeavor designed to make Hudson a better place to live.

As you may or may not know, the bee populations have been declining since the 1940s, and their numbers continue to decline on a global scale.

This loss has been attributed to monoculture agriculture practices, the use of synthetic pesticides, flowerless landscapes and natural diseases. It is important to be aware of this due to the fact that honeybees are our largest pollinators of our fruits, vegetables, flowers and crops.

One-third of the world’s food supply is dependent on bee pollination, therefore the health of the bees is a good indicator of both our environmental health and human health.

The object of The BEE Project is to use an adopt-a-spot method to spread wildflowers native to the region to assist in the effort to increase bee populations. This is where I would love to get everyone involved!

The success of The BEE Project is dependent on the amount of support and involvement of the Hudson community. I am reaching out to local businesses, organizations, schools, churches and families to participate.

If you would like to be part of this environmentally friendly and community bonding experience, please refer to The BEE Project Facebook page via the web address to learn more about the project and to locate the application that can be printed and mailed to: Danielle Vogler, The BEE Project, 827 Highlander Trail, Hudson, WI 54016.

The applications are due Friday, Jan. 29. There is no cost to participate; funds are being provided by the HCF.

Also, save the date. The BEE Project kickoff event will take place in the spring – Saturday, April 2. The location and time is still being decided and will be announced at a later date.

As a participant living in Hudson you have the option to be assigned an adopt-a-spot or opt-in to the project by providing land that you may already have. Those who may live outside of the Hudson borders but still would like to participate are welcome to adopt-a-spot in Hudson.

The BEE Project participants will be planting bee bombs – clay balls filled with wildflower seeds that are created by the Hudson business Plantables LLC, a company that provides jobs to the disabled.

Those who participate will be assigned a location if needed, and also will receive project kits at The BEE Project kickoff event in the spring.

The kits will have the bee bombs and information on how to maintain the wildflowers. It will be important to note that synthetic pesticides and insecticide chemicals are prohibited on the adopted land or the opted-in land that will be used in The BEE Project.

The BEE Project is an effort to increase bee populations, beautify Hudson and support the efforts of the local business Plantables LLC.

I believe that this mission maintains the values of the Hudson community and that Hudson is on the forefront of forward thinking. My goal is to have 100 participants kickoff this ongoing project.