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2020. The year when staring at plants for 20 minutes is the highlight of student’s days.

December 18, 2020
  • Word cloud for this group’s project looking at pollinator preference of native vs invasive plants

In a world where pollinators hate invasive species just as much as scientists do especially in the cold. #Saynotoinvasivespecies

By Yesllen Godoy, Maria Molina and Erika Seidman

Maryrose, AJ, Gabrielle, and Kyle studied whether pollinators prefer native plants compared to non-native plants in four different parks. The two most abundant pollinators found at various park locations were the hoverfly, coming in first place, and the classic bumble bee in second. They concluded that pollinators felt a deep affection for native plants and that pollinator diversity decreases as urbanization increases. As a matter of fact, 61.10% of pollinators were on native plants and only 38.90% were on invasive plants. Downtown Park in Yorktown Heights, NY has the brick-est (extremely cold for the old folks) weather and least pollinators. They also found that pollinators preferred toasty temperatures as seen in Kissena Park in Queens, NY having the most pollinators. If it wasn’t for these students, then the world may not have known how weak pollinators are for native plants and toastier weather.

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