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The Xerces Society – Attracting Native Pollinators

The plight of pollinators has been in the news the past several years causing concerns about diminished food production and the overall health of the environment.

In an effort assist with the stewardship of local pollinator habit, Lower Nehalem Community Trust and North Coast Land Conservancy will co-present Eric Mader from The Xerces Society in a one-day workshop entitled “Attracting Native Pollinators.”   The workshop is offered in two parts and will be held July 6 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Part I is geared towards farmers, government agencies, science educators, conservation organizations and those who have a keen interest in the importance of invertebrate pollinators.   Classroom workshop 10:00 a.m. – Noon, followed by field work from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Part I is open to all and tuition is $45.  Along with a day filled with practical information and science, attendees will receive a copy of Eric’s latest book, published by the Xerces Society, Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North Americas Bees and Butterflies, described as belonging “on the bookshelf of everyone who values the future of the natural world.”

This a rare opportunity to learn from a member of The Xerces Society team.  Eric brings real-world experience having worked as a commercial beekeeper and  crop consultant for the native seed industry where he provided weekly insect and disease scouting on hundreds of plant species grown for prairie restoration efforts.  Eric is also an extension professor at the University of Minnesota’s Dept. of Entomology and has authored several books and government management plans for native pollinators.

Part II is geared towards a more general audience and asks the question:  what is the difference between a non-native and native pollinator?  Eric will share best practices for encouraging native pollinators in home landscaping and domestic gardens.   Bringing back pollinators promotes four basic principles:  grow pollinator-friendly flowers, provide nest sites, avoid pesticides and help to spread the word about the importance of native pollinators.  Part II, which runs from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. is a lecture-style presentation followed by a Q & A, and is free for LNCT members and participants in Part I and $5 for non-members.

Both aspects of the program will be held at LNCT’s Alder Creek Farm located off of Highway 101 at the end of Underhill Lane in Nehalem.

FMI: call 503-368-3203 or lnct@nehalemtel.net.

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