Minimizing the Impact of Pesticides on Pollinators
Charlotte Glen, Horticulture Agent, Chatham County Cooperative Extension – This session will discuss how to minimize the impact of pesticide applications on pollinators through product selection, timing and method of application, and how to read and interpret pesticide labeling to determine potential hazard.
- 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 insectsfrom 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
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Native Plants for a Diversity of Pollinators and other Beneficial Insects
Debbie Roos, Sustainable Agriculture Agent, Chatham County Cooperative Extension
- This session will focus on some of the best native plants for our region and the pollinators and beneficials that they attract.
- Review Debbie’s slides: click here
- Website for Pollinator Paradise Garden
- List of Plants in the Pollinator Garden – 178 species, 85% of them native to NC
- Web Resources for Pollinator Conservation
Common Native Bees and Habitat Management to Support Pollinators and other Beneficial Insects
Nancy Adamson, Biologist, Xerces Society and NRCS
- This session will highlight the diversity of native bees and the management practices that benefit them and other beneficial insects.
- Review Nancy’s slides: click here
- Pollinator Conservation Resources for the Eastern U.S.