Earlier this month I announced the Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification program. We hope that you will consider certifying your habitat or start the process of planning one in your landscape. One of the important sections of the application is plant selection. Your pollinator habitat must have plant diversity and plants blooming during the spring, summer and fall months.
Spring Flowering plants that bloom in March, April and May are extremely important for early pollinators such as mason bees, honey bees and queen bumblebees.
Acer rubrum – Red Maple
Allium textile – Textile Onion
Aquilegia canadensis – Columbine
Baptisia australis – Blue False Indigo
Baptisia australis v. minor – Dwarf False Indigo
Ceanothus americanus – New Jersey Tea
Cercis canadensis – Redbud
Chionodoxa sp. – Glory-of-the-Snow
Cornus sp. – Dogwood
Erysimum asperum – Western Wallflower
Geranium maculatum – Wild Geranium
Leucocrinum montanum – Starlily
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Lithospermum incisum – Narrowleaf Stoneseed
Malus sp. – Apple, Crabapple
Phlox andicola – Prairie Phlox
Phlox bifida – Sand Phlox
Phlox divaricata – Blue Phlox
Phlox hoodii – Spiny Phlox
Prunus sp. – Pear, Plum
Prunus virginiana – Chokecherry
Pulsatilla patens – Pasqueflower
Rhus aromatica – Fragrant Sumac
Rhus trilobata – Skunkbush Sumac
Rubus sp. – Blackberry, Raspberry
Salix humilis – Prairie Willow
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
Senecio plattensis – Prairie Ragwort
Sheperdia argentea – Buffaloberry
Thermopsis rhombifolia – Prairie Thermopsis
Viola pedatifida – Bird’s Foot Viola
Yucca glauca – Yucca, Soapweed
Rural residents play an important role in protecting pollinator habitats. Using 2014 Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation provides information on how you can encourage pollinator habitat in rural areas. Congress recognizes pollinators are a crucial part of healthy agricultural and natural landscapes and the 2014 Farm Bill reflects the importance of pollinators.
More than 30 percent of our food relies on insect pollination, which is overwhelmingly provided by bees. Recent research has shown that wild native bees, which number more than 4,000 species in North America, contribute substantially to crop pollination on farms where their habitat needs are met. –Using 2014 Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation
For assistance with your farm or acreage pollinator program and more, contact:
- Natural Resources Conservation Service in Nebraska | Nationwide Listing
- Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever
- Nebraska Habitat Certification Program
- National Conservation Resources Districts (Includes teacher resources)
Here’s to Sharing the Buzz!
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu
Tyler Williams is a Nebraska Extension Educator in Lancaster County and has an educational focus on climate resiliency. He recently installed a weather station in the Cherry Creek Habitat. Now we have access to weather information 24/7 from our habitat. Thank you Tyler!
View our weather station information at our website:
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I am so excited to make this announcement and proud to be part of this Pollinator Habitat Certification team. Here at our office, we plan to certify the Cherry Creek Pollinator Habitat and I want to also certify my home pollinator garden.
Do you love gardening and want to help pollinators? Consider developing your landscape into a pollinator habitat. This month, a team of Nebraska Extension horticulture professionals, led by Extension Educator Natalia Bjorklund, launched a new program called Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification. This program gives Nebraskans an opportunity to certify their garden and promote pollinators in their community.
To certify their habitat, gardeners need to provide spring, summer and fall blooming plants that support pollinator needs, a water source, shelter, nesting sites and restrict pesticide use. Gardeners will be asked to make a commitment to protect pollinators and provide a diverse plant community that will result in a pollinator habitat.
This program is open to Nebraska homeowners, schools, businesses, parks, homeowner associations, farmers, acreage owners and community gardens.
Please visit the Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification website to view the certification application. http://entomology.unl.edu/pollinator-habitat-certification