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Wisconsin Celebrates Pollinator Week, June 17 – 23, 2024, is dedicated to raising awareness through statewide and local activities and events to support National Pollinator Week. By increasing knowledge and adopting pollinator friendly practices, we can improve pollinator health and habitats. National Pollinator Week is an annual event managed by he Pollinator Partnership to help spread the word about what we can do to protect pollinators.

A pollinator is any animal that visits flowering plants and moved pollen from flower to flower, which helps plants reproduce, making fruits and seeds. In North America, pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flower flies, beetles, wasps, hummingbirds, and in some parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, nectar feeding bats. Some animals, like butterflies, move pollen while they are feeding on plant nectar. Bees are the most efficient pollinators because they also collect pollen as a protein source for their offspring, so they move the pollen around as they visit flowering plants. There are approximately 20,000 bee species in the world, 3,600 in the United States and over 400 in Wisconsin (DATCP Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan).

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The Pollination of Native Plants

Date: June 18th, 2024

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Presented by Heather Holm, The Pollination of Native Plants is a fascinating journey that showcases the development of different flower types and the presentation of floral resources to pollinators. Exploring the types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior, and the floral features that attract pollinators, Holm provides many specific examples of how native plants are pollinated, what pollinator is most effective, and why.

This program is free, but registration is required.

Registration: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v-39QW4RT_CRRXBD-MdoCg#/registration

Balancing Act in the Home Garden: Protecting Pollinators while Managing Pests

Date: June 19th

Time: 12:00 pm

Join us for an overview of integrating pollinator protection with pest management in your home landscape. We’ll cover the fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), pesticide labels, and differences between systemic and contact pesticides, and discuss the toxicity of common products or ingredients to pollinators. By the end of this program, you’ll be prepared with strategies for simultaneously prioritizing pollinator protection and pest control in your own backyard.

Registration: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PuwTTH59QrW4syfJVM4sXQ#/registration

The Role of Moths in Our Ecosystem

Wednesday, July 24, Noon–1 p.m.

It’s National Moth Week!

What exactly are moths, and how do they fit into the landscape? Join us in learning about the general life history of moths and the evolutionary and ecological relationships between moths and plants using several native Midwest moth species. This presentation hopes to shatter an ecological conundrum: Moths are neither good nor bad. Moths just are.

Presented by Dr. Stephen Robertson, Pesticide Educator Extension Field Specialist, South Dakota State University Extension

Registration: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IqX5sIs0TbOvwSGI0yye1g#/registration

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