Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S10-18. Improving Native and Honey Bee Foraging on Airports

Establishing European honey bee hives at airports is a trend in airport sustainability with potential benefits for local, native bee species that also face population declines. While beekeeper's honey bees compete for nectar and pollen with native bees on the landscape, enhancing the foraging landscape with local, native plants can provide more and better food for all bee species and other native pollinators that do not interfere with airfield uses. Inclusion of native plant landscaping, in addition to providing bee forage, may also minimize landscape maintenance and land hazards to aircraft and provide mitigation for airport development projects. The objective of this synthesis is to compile current practices at airports in promoting and establishing native plants on airport grounds that enhancing forage for both honey and native bees and support airport goals. The audience for this research is operations and maintenance staff members responsible for airfield open space and other uses that support the airport mission. The following tasks and resulting information will be described in a concise report: (1) Survey pertinent literature. (2) Interview data from a diverse range of airport staff responsible for bee keeping, contracts with beekeepers, or ground maintenance personnel (NPIAS category, geography/FAA Region, etc.) to document practice. (3) Develop case examples from interviews, describing experiences, benefits, challenges and lessons learned for at least 2 diverse experiences of both airports and beekeepers on airport grounds. (4) Provide appendix materials that display any helpful documents/checklists found during data collection. (5) Describe any further research needed to fill gaps in knowledge. North America interview locations the research will consider include, but are not limited to SFO, PIT, ORD, YMX, YYZ, YVR, IND, MCO, APA, OLM, ATL (Delta Airlines). International locations for additional consideration include Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Dresden, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Nuremberg, Munich Malmo Airport, Dublin and Copenhagen.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S10-18

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20200323
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01723639
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S10-18
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2019 3:12PM