The health of pollinators has become a big issue in recent years with the emergence of the deadly Varroa mite and now Colony Collapse Disorder.
Kansas farmers and other residents who are interested in pollinator habitat and conservation should mark their calendar for June 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to for the Kansas Rural Center's Pollinator Habitat Workshop.
The morning portion of the workshop will be held at the Stull United Methodist Church, 1596 E. 250 Road, LeCompton, Kansas, 66050. The afternoon portion of the workshop will include a tour of pollinator habitat plots installed by Jim Weaver, Douglas County Conservation District, District Manager, on his property in northwestern Douglas County. The Kansas Rural Center is collaborating with the Douglas County Conservation District to host the workshop.
About the presenters
Jennifer Hopwood, Midwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist from The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will lead the program. She holds a Master's in Entomology from the University of Kansas, where her research focused on bee communities in roadside prairie plantings and prairie remnants. In her role at the Xerces Society, Jennifer works to provide resources and training for pollinator habitat management, creation, and restoration to agricultural professionals and land managers.
Jennifer will provide information on the role and value of wild pollinators, pollination economics and biology, the value of natural habitat, understanding bee life cycles and protecting nesting sites, reducing harm from pesticides, habitat design considerations and plant selection, and site preparation and planting techniques for wildflowers and shrubs.
Holly Shutt, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever Farm Bill Biologist, will also be presenting at the workshop. She will provide information about USDA programs that farmers and landowners can utilize to help implement pollinator habitat on their property.
Jim Weaver, Douglas County Conservation District, District Manager, will discuss the process of installing pollinator habitat plots on his property. During the tour of the installed pollinator plots, Jennifer Hopwood will provide information on observing wild pollinators and workshop participants will have a chance to see pollinators in action.
The program is intended to provide information on native pollinators and pollinator habitat and conservation in a rural setting to farmers, landowners and anyone interested in pollinator conservation.
The workshop is free and open to the public, and KRC will provide light snacks and beverages. A lunch featuring local foods will be available for $15, and will be served at the church. If you prefer to bring your own lunch, there is no charge to attend the workshop. You will be able to indicate your lunch preference during registration. Please register by Monday, June 9, 2014, in order to ensure an accurate lunch count.
This workshop is part of a series of pollinator conservation workshops KRC is hosting as part of a Pollinator Project made possible by a grant from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund, administered by the Douglas County Community Foundation. The aim of the Pollinator Project is to increase the number of bees and beekeepers, the quantity and quality of pollinator habitat, and access to locally-produced honey in Douglas County.
For more information about the workshop, please contact Joanna Voigt, [email protected], or 785-764-3481.