Archive for August, 2010

Anger flutters over ‘Butterfly Town USA’

Published on August 29, 2010

By: Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times

Pacific Grove residents demand the city make up for last year’s pruning that reduced the eucalyptus branches in a monarch sanctuary. What if the butterflies don’t return, they ask

Stanislaus garden project is a smorgasbord for pollinators

Published on August 18, 2010

by: John Holland, The Modesto Bee

These gardeners don’t mind if bees buzz about their plot south of Modesto. They are experimenting with flowering plants that could provide a wide variety of pollen for the insects to eat.

Farm Bill Makes Room for Pollinators

Published on August 12, 2010

By Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Day-long course designed to help land managers plan for pollinating invertebrates WASHINGTON, DC — The 2008 Farm Bill made pollinators and their habitat a conservation priority for every USDA land manager and conservationist. On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will conduct a training session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., providing an overview of pollinator-specific language within the Farm Bill and how to translate that language into on-the-ground conservation. A pollinator is a biotic agent, usually an insect, that moves from plant to plant, aiding in plant reproduction and growth.

Native Pollinators: Key to sustainable fruit production?

Published on August 9, 2010

By David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison

As a group of students ogles wild flowers on a sunny day at the UW Arboretum, the blooming dotted mint, iron weed and black-eyed susans are certainly glorious. But these adult students are not concentrating on the flowers. Instead, they are focusing on the insects busily pollinating those blooms. Wasps. Flies. Beetles. And a dozen species of native bees, including several species of bumblebee.