Pollinators in the NE US

NEMA Agroforestry Webinar Series #11:

Pollinators in the Northeast

Friday, September 1st 1:30-2:30pm E.T.

~with Kelly Gill – Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Region

Additional Pollinator Resources

When we think about conservation of pollinators, habitat enhancements often focus on the creation of wildflower meadows. While early-successional habitats (e.g., prairies, grasslands, old-field meadows) are critical habitats for pollinators and a variety of other insects, there are many other opportunities to improve our landscapes to better support our insect allies. The habitat value of hedgerows, riparian buffers, forest edge feathering, and other agroforestry practices in pollinator conservation if often overlooked. In the Northeast, and other forest-dominated ecosystems, creating wildflower meadows can be challenging and does not always make sense in the context of our landscape. This webinar will focus on native pollinators, their biology and habitat requirements, and conservation planning for pollinators in forest stewardship and agroforestry practices.

Topics include:
  • Overview of native pollinators, their biology, and habitat requirements
  • Considerations for pollinators in agroforestry practices such as hedgerows, tree and shrub planting, riparian buffers, windbreaks, forest edge feathering, and more (with examples of high-value pollinator plants)
  • USDA NRCS conservation programs for pollinators
  • Where to find technical assistance and more information

Kelly is the Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions for The Xerces Society and a partner biologist with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Kelly’s position provides technical support for planning, installing, and managing habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects in a variety of landscapes. A Pennsylvania native, Kelly completed her Master’s Degree in Entomology at Iowa State University. There, she conducted research on the development of best practices for conserving pollinators and beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes.

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Webinar Log In Information:

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