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Pollinator Conservation Short Course
May 03, 2014
Kerr Center Events


Register Closed

Honeybees, long a mainstay for pollination in agriculture, face serious threats from disease and pesticides, and colony numbers are plummeting. 

Native pollinators, especially native bees, can fill the gap. Other native pollinators include butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, flies and other insects.

Successful management requires a general understanding of pollinator biology and habitat. This course aims to provide farmers and ranchers, as well as land owners/managers, with the basics of that understanding.

Topics include why native pollinators are beneficial; the basics of bee biology; recognizing types of bees; pollinator-friendly farming practices; and habitat restoration and management.

Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, will lead the short course.  The Xerces Society works to conserve invertebrates, with a strong focus on native pollinators.

In addition, Josh Ketch of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will discuss the agency’s programs that can assist producers with pollinator conservation practices.

The day’s offerings will also include a case study by David Redhage of the Kerr Center's work with native pollinators and pollinator habitat, and a tour of the center's plantings.

Wildflowers grow in various places on the Kerr Ranch, as well as in plantings near the office and in the horticulture plots. Redhage and other staff are documenting the wildflowers and pollinators on the ranch and developing educational information about pollinator-friendly plantings for eastern Oklahoma, which will be available on the Kerr Center website.

The workshop is sponsored by a Conservation Innovation Grant (number 69-7335-1-21) through the USDA NRCS and the state of Oklahoma.

Registration costs $10 and includes lunch. Registration Closed

For more information, call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 and ask for Hannah.

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