You probably think of them as "bees" or "bugs."
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation calls them "invertebrate pollinators."
By whatever name, if you want to learn more about how to keep them around doing their very useful job of moving pollen from plant to plant, a day-long training session on Tuesday, Sept. 2 could give you answers.
The course will be held at the Manhattan Plant Materials Center, 3800 S. 20th St. in Manhattan from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is designed to help land managers, farm educators, and ag professionals learn the latest about science- based approaches to crop security and how to reduce the trend of declining numbers of bees and other pollinating insects.
Speakers from the University of Oklahoma, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Xerces Society will be on hand.
The course is free to the first 30 registrants. Additional seats are available for $25. Participants will receive the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Toolkit. To register, contact Ashley Minnerath at 503-232-6639 or [email protected].
The course is supported by the Kansas NRCS and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. For more on SARE, go to www.sare.org. For more information on the semniar, go to www.xerces.org.