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WWU becomes affiliate of Bee Campus USA

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Western Washington University has become an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. WWU joins many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.

Bee Campus USA provides a framework for communities to work together to conserve native pollinators by increasing the abundance of native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds, and many others are responsible for the reproduction of almost 90 percent of the world's flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume. Research has shown significant declines in native pollinator population sizes and ranges globally, with up to 40 percent of pollinator species on earth at risk of extinction in the coming years as a result of habitat loss, the use of harmful pesticides, and climate change.

Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA are initiatives of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Ore., with offices across the country.

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Due to low numbers of students and employees on campus during the summer, the Voluntary Employee Testing Program has been terminated for the summer. Please visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage for employee testing recommendations and options.
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COVID cases by building - daily update

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Click on the image to see the full list of positive coronavirus cases reported by building, or go here:  Campus Buildings with Confirmed Positive Cases Reported. This data is updated each weekday; the site has a full list of building abbreviations as well.
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