2nd Annual Pollinator Field Day August 3

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Pollinator Field Day

Saturday, August 3, 2019
9 a.m. to noon

Lake Wheeler Research Station (Bill Fike Teaching Garden)
3004 Mid Pines Road, Raleigh, NC 27606

Megachilid bee on oxeye daisy in late May.

Megachilid bee on oxeye daisy. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Join us for the second annual Pollinator Field Day to learn all about pollinators. The morning will feature learning stations for native bees, butterflies (and other insect pollinators), habitat for pollinators, protecting pollinators from pesticides, and much more.

Audience: Farmers; Beekeepers; Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors and Staff; Extension Agents; Urban Planners; Landscapers and Landscape Architects; Master Gardeners; Nurserymen/Greenhouse Growers.

Learn about:

  • Habitat for farms, roadsides or constructed pollinator meadows from seed
  • Native bees, butterflies and beneficial insects
  • Bee identification, life cycle, and biology
  • Pesticide application techniques to protect pollinators

Bees, butterflies, moths, and other beneficial insects provide valuable ecosystems services through pollination. These same insects also pollinate the native plants in our rural and urban landscapes, thus helping to maintain our state’s lush green vegetation. Helping pollinators has never been more important. Spend part or all of your Saturday in the field with education, research, and field-based experts to see how you can make a positive impact on pollinators through your work.

For questions or more information, contact Kelly Snider, N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, kelly.snider@ncagr.gov, 704-433-3053 or Debbie Hamrick, NCFB Federation, debbie.hamrick@ncfb.org, 919-302-9538.

Registration for Pollinator Field Day is FREE. Register online.

 The morning sessions have been approved for two credits for pesticide applicators in classes B, D, G, H, I, L, N, O, and X.

 There’s more!

If you’d like to dive even deeper with hands-on experience, plan to spend the afternoon (12:00-4:00 p.m.) of August 3 with experts from the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance. You’ll learn more about native plants, garden design for pollinators as well as basic bee identification skills. Attendance for the afternoon session, In-depth pollinator garden design and bee identification, is capped at 25. The registration fee of $50 includes lunch, breaks, a pre-publication copy of “The Bees of North Carolina: An Identification Guide” by Hannah Levenson and Elsa Youngsteadt and five perennial plants from Mellow Marsh Farm.

Instructors for the afternoon sessions include Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative Extension; Elsa Youngsteadt, NC State University; and Hannah Levenson, NC State University.

Register and pay for the afternoon session on In-depth Pollinator Garden Design and Bee Identification.

Note: If you plan to attend both the morning and afternoon events, please register for both.

Check out the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.