Last week I attended Managing Prairies with Pollinators in Mind workshop in Morris Minnesota at the University of Minnesota West Central Research Outreach & Extension Center. It was amazing to be in the company of so many people who are concerned about pollinators. I was able to share our story and pictures of our habitat, bee house and insect hotel.
The participants and speakers I met are making a real impact on pollinator education. We learned about pollinator legislation, pollinator life cycles, how to do a pollinator assessment, endangered species and insect research projects. Minnesota is leading the way on pollinator education and habitat establishment & protection. Currently it is unknown how many native bee species are in Minnesota. Researchers there are going to compile a list. This will be a huge task. I was impressed with the land managers who want to learn the best way to protect and promote pollinator populations.
At this workshop we all realized that now is the time to do all we can to promote pollinators and voice our concern about their decline. Policy makers are listening. Research and education are being funded. I have returned even more motivated to expand our habitat and educate others about pollinators.