What: Pollinator Habitat Conservation Workshop
When: Saturday, August 2, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: The workshop is free, but registration is required
Pollinators are responsible for every 3rd bite of food we eat. Birds, bats, butterflies and other insects – even mammals – are all pollinators that are directly responsible for pollinating for that 3rd bite of food. While many animals contribute to pollination services, bees and other insects do the bulk of the work. Bees are considered a “keystone” species because of all the work they do for all other species. Managed honeybees pollinate roughly $15 billion worth of crops annually; native bees another $3 billion (2000 estimate). Pollinator habitat is also habitat for beneficial insects that provide approximately $4.5 billion worth of natural pest control annually (2006 estimate).
There has been an alarming decline in the number of pollinators over the last few decades. This is mainly due to to 3 things: loss of habitat; increased use of pesticides; disease/parasites. Join us for a pollinator workshop focusing on creating and preserving pollinator habitat. We will look at what’s happening with pollinators, how to establish habitat- prairie and trees, and plant ID in the prairie. We will also talk about what you can do as a homeowner to create habitat in your back yard.