Providing pollinator-friendly habitat spaces for the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus

Authors: Meghan Petenbrink*,
Topics: Landscape, Environment
Keywords: Landscape design, pollinator, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


Increasing the availability of pollinator habitat at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) is crucial to improving the likelihood of pollinator survival in St. Mary’ County, Maryland. Literature suggests that there has been a sharp decline in pollinator population due to parasites, pesticides, and loss of habitat. In St. Mary’s County the amount of developed land has increased by 21% from 1973-2010, thus decreasing potential pollinator habitat. Pollinators are vital to the nutritional and economic health of the human population. As a public, educational institution with many green spaces and a high capacity for future pollinator habitats, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an appropriate choice for the promotion of pollinators. This project diversifies the available pollinator habitat on the campus by providing pollinator-friendly landscape designs and implementation procedures for successful habitats. Drawing on an analysis of the literature on the conservation of pollinators, landscape design, and incorporation of native species into a pollinator-friendly landscape design, four designs to increase the pollinator habitat on campus while also incorporating spatial, habitat, and cost restrictions are proposed. To best inform the designs, the geospatial information system (GIS), ArcGIS was used to analyze the change of landscape throughout the county and better understand the SMCM landscape characteristics. These designs illustrate multiple ways in which the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus can advocate for the conservation of pollinators. Furthermore, they can be used as an example for other public institutions who are working towards integrating ecological and aesthetic components into public spaces.

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