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An Overpass Built For a Bear

Oslo’s new “bee highway” is just one part of an emerging trend in highway infrastructure.
A rendering of a proposed wildlife crossing over Denver’s I-70.
A rendering of a proposed wildlife crossing over Denver’s I-70. Janet Rosenberg, Associates Inc.

Oslo has taken a decidedly adorable stand in the battle to save pollinators, with its new “bee highway.” Homeowners, businesses, and local officials have rallied to support the endangered insects by planting local flowering plants in yards, planters, parks, and on rooftops. Some spots are formal constructions, offering beehives or bee “hotels,” while others are simple gardens.

“The idea is to create a route through the city with enough feeding stations for the bumblebees all the way,” one member of the Oslo Garden Society told local press in May. “Enough food will also help the bumblebees withstand man-made environmental stress better.”