Pollinator Protection Workshop for Green Industry Professionals
Honey bees and native pollinators are critical to North Carolina’s economy, food security and environmental health. Pollinator populations are in decline for several reasons, including lack of habitat. Inappropriate pesticide use can further jeopardize pollinators and beneficial insects.
During this workshop, held August 26 at the Chatham Extension Center, landscape professionals learned how to enhance landscapes by planting flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs that provide habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects as well as how to select and apply pesticides with minimal impact.
Resources from the workshop
“How to enhance natural pest control in the landscape by creating habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators”
- Debbie Roos, Chatham Extension Sustainable Agriculture Agent – Beneficial insects such as hover flies and lacewings are important predators of common landscape pests. Creating habitat that will attract and sustain populations of beneficial insects can provide pest management in the landscape and minimize the use of pesticides. This session will discuss plant species, design principles, and maintenance practices that enhance a landscape’s ability to serve as suitable habitat for beneficial insects as well as pollinators.
- Review the slides, part 1
- Review the slides, part 2
- What’s in Bloom List from the Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden
- Learn more about the Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden – be sure to explore the many subpages of this website!
“Minimizing the impact of pesticides on pollinators in the landscape”
- Charlotte Glen, Chatham Extension Horticulture Agent – This session will discuss how to minimize the impact of pesticide applications in landscapes on pollinators through product selection, time and method of application, and other factors.
- Review the slides
- NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual
- Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Honey Bees from Washington State University, provides an accessible literature review of research related to honey bee exposure to neonicotinoids
- Are neonicotinoids killing bees? – comprehensive report and literature review from the Xerces Society
- Planting garden center flowers is good for bees and other beneficial insects from Michigan State University
Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides
- How to reduce bee poisoning from pesticides, A Pacific Northwest Extension publication – in depth discussion of pesticide toxicity to bees and best management practices
- Pollinator Protection on the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship website:
Bees and Bee Decline
- Honey bees at center of controversy – great discussion of issues related to bee decline and pesticides from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
- Bee Basics: An introduction to our native bees – beautiful guide from the US Forestry Service
- Bee Decline: Learn more from this great 15 minute TED talk presented by Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota Entomology Professor and a leading researcher on the causes of bee decline
Certified pesticide applicators who attended this workshop received 2 hours of pesticide recertification credits for subcategories Ornamentals and Turf (L), Demonstration and Research (N), Dealer (D) and Specialty Training (X).
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