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.
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