Hargest touts importance of bees in advance of Pollinator Day

Pamela Hargest, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension horticulturist, told the Portland Press Herald that Maine’s native bee populations are doing well and that it’s important to keep it that way. Maine is home to more than 270 species of native bees, many of which pollinate food crops. Showcasing the importance of pollinators is important “when development is on the rise and natural habitats are being disturbed in southern Maine,” Hargest says, adding that “today, (too) many of the plants in our landscape are either not native or have been heavily bred for certain characteristics and therefore they’re often lacking those valuable qualities that native species need to thrive.” Cooperative Extension is partnering with Falmouth Land Trust to host Pollinator Day 2–4 p.m. Sept. 7, at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. The free, public event will feature hands-on activities that highlight the vital role of pollinators in the food system, as well as information about supporting pollinator populations and creating wildlife corridors.