Registration Open for Kansas Rural Center Pollinator Habitat Workshop
If you are interested in pollinator habitat and conservation in a rural setting, please plan to attend the Kansas Rural Center’s Pollinator Habitat Workshop on Friday, June 13, 2014, from 9 am to 3 pm. The morning portion of the workshop will be held at the Stull United Methodist Church, 1596 E. 250 Road, Lecompton, Kansas, 66050. The afternoon portion of the workshop will include a tour of pollinator habitat plots installed by Jim Weaver, Douglas County Conservation District, District Manager, on his property in northwestern Douglas County. The Kansas Rural Center is collaborating with the Douglas County Conservation District to host the workshop.
Jennifer Hopwood, Midwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist from The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will lead the program. She holds a Master’s in Entomology from the University of Kansas, where her research focused on bee communities in roadside prairie plantings and prairie remnants. In her role at the Xerces Society, Jennifer works to provide resources and training for pollinator habitat management, creation, and restoration to agricultural professionals and land managers.
Jennifer will provide information on the role and value of wild pollinators, pollination economics and biology, the value of natural habitat, understanding bee life cycles and protecting nesting sites, reducing harm from pesticides, habitat design considerations and plant selection, and site preparation and planting techniques for wildflowers and shrubs.
Holly Shutt, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever Farm Bill Biologist, will also be presenting at the workshop. She will provide information about USDA programs that farmers and landowners can utilize to help implement pollinator habitat on their property.
Jim Weaver, Douglas County Conservation District, District Manager, will discuss the process of installing pollinator habitat plots on his property. During the tour of the installed pollinator plots, Jennifer Hopwood will provide information on observing wild pollinators and workshop participants will have a chance to see pollinators in action.
The program is intended to provide information on native pollinators and pollinator habitat and conservation in a rural setting to farmers, landowners and anyone interested in pollinator conservation. This will be a tremendous opportunity to learn about the importance of providing habitat for pollinators and methods and strategies for installing pollinator habitat in the rural setting from national and local experts on the topic.
The workshop is free and open to the public, and KRC will provide light snacks and beverages. A lunch featuring local foods will be available for $15, and will be served at the church. If you prefer to bring your own lunch, there is no charge to attend the workshop. You will be able to indicate your lunch preference during registration. Please register by Monday, June 9, 2014, in order to ensure an accurate lunch count.
This workshop is part of a series of pollinator conservation workshops KRC is hosting as part of a Pollinator Project made possible by a grant from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund, administered by the Douglas County Community Foundation. The aim of the Pollinator Project is to increase the number of bees and beekeepers, the quantity and quality of pollinator habitat, and access to locally-produced honey in Douglas County, Kansas.
An Introductory Beekeeping Workshop was held in February with over 200 attendees, and KRC has helped eight new beekeepers get established this spring, through the donation of bees, a hive, beekeeping equipment, training and a mentor.
KRC is partnering with Douglas County Extension to host a second pollinator habitat workshop focusing on attracting pollinators to your garden and adding pollinator habitat in an urban setting. Marlin Bates, K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent, is making arrangements for that workshop. Details will be announced as they are known.
For more information about the Pollinator Project, or to register for the workshop, please visit http://kansasruralcenter.org/pollinators-and-habitat-conservation/. To download an agenda for the day, please click here.
For more information about the workshop, please contact Joanna Voigt, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 785-764-3481.