An Eastern Kentucky University researcher got some sweet recognition this week for her work in advocating for the protection and conservation of honey bees.
Tammy Horn, an apiculturist, received the Pollinator Advocate Award for the United States, awarded by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.
Through Horn's work, "beeyards" planted with trees, shrubs and other vegetation have been set up on reclaimed mining sites in Appalachia.
The process "has brought together multiple stakeholders that often have divergent interests, all for the sake of honey bees," a news release from the Pollinator Partnership stated.
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The Pollinator Advocate Award is part of an effort to promote awareness of "birds, bees, bats, butterflies, beetles and other animals that enable the reproduction of over 75 percent of flowering plants," according to the release. As much as a third of the nation's food supply depends on pollination, it said.