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Extension Co-Sponsors Pollinator Workshop

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Bumble Bee With Pollen.jpgA pollinator workshop entitled, Managing Prairies for Pollinators was held at the West Central Research Outreach & Extension Center on June 3-4, 2014. The University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources co-sponsored the event.

Sixty natural resource professionals attended the workshop to learn about the new legislation passed in Minnesota designed to protect pollinators. Participants were from organizations such as The Minnesota Land Trust, Great River Greening, MN DNR, SWCD, NRCS, The Nature Conservancy, USFWS, and others who manage land or help landowners make management decisions.

Speakers came from across the state to share what they know about pollinators, and to discuss areas where research is still needed. Participants were given the habitat evaluation form developed by the Xerces Society and then had a chance to do an on-site evaluation of the research station in small plots. This tool is available for landowners to use to do their own on-site evaluation helping them to plan for pollinators. One participant said, "I thought the workshop was great, tons of excellent information. It is just humbling to find out how after college, and years of managing grasslands, how little I know. Truth be told, when I went to college I never thought I would be worrying about pollinators."

You can learn more about how to protect Honey Bees and other critical pollinators on the University of Minnesota Extension website.

Post by Amy RB Rager

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