Pollinators are essential to our environment. They are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems. More than two-thirds of the world’s crop species are dependent on pollination. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems, since their activities are ultimately responsible for the seeds and fruits that feed everything from songbirds to black bears.
Conservation of pollinating insects is critically important. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences released a report calling attention to the decline of pollinators. The report urged agencies and organizations to increase awareness and protect pollinator habitat. The Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course was developed to address this need.
The course will include both classroom and field training components, and is approved for two pesticide applicator recertification credits. University of Maine’s Dr. Frank Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management, will be a guest speaker for the day.
When: May 15, 2012 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT
Where: Unity, Maine
Fee: $45/person, $35/person for NRCS personnel. Some scholarships are available.
Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes the Xerces’ publication, Attracting Native Pollinators. Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.
Further information, including event registration, is available online.