Monday, February 10, 2014

Bee Conscious On Your Farm and In Your Garden!

Species are becoming endangered at un-paralled rates and bees are at the forefront of this crisis, as their declination are posing threats to global food supply.  Bees may seem like enemies at first glance (or first touch with their sting) BUT bees are extremely pertinent pollinators that essentially enable plants (our food) to blossom and grow!  Approaching bee endangerment from a more science based manner, Kelly Gill's workshop, at the Winter Conference on March 1st, on Creating Pollinator-Friendly Farms and Gardens focuses on the dangers along with the varying avenues humanity must take to aid in the bee revival. 
Habitat loss due to urbanization, agricultural expansion and pesticide use have negative impacts on bees.  This workshop will introduce science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines.  These approaches will include recipes on how to assess, design, and implement habitat improvements for pollinators and best practices that minimize land-use impacts on pollinators.

Kelly Gill is a Pollinator Conservation Specialist for The Xerces Society and partner biologist with USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Kelly provides technical support for restoring and managing pollinator habitats.  Kelly also earned a Master's Degree in Entomology from Iowa State University and conducted research on conserving beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes. 

Kelly Gill

Come down to our 32nd Annual Winter Conference on March 1st at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT to sit in on these incredible workshops!  Visit our Winter Conference page for more information on list of workshops and registration. Online registration closes February 24th.  Walk in's are welcome the day of! Pre-register now!


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