ROOM: Room 115 – Brazos
Pollinators, including bees, have captured the hearts of many over the past couple of years. This is easy to understand when one considers that bees provide us with many of the fruits, nuts and vegetables we like to eat, as well as many of the beautiful plants we enjoy in our everyday landscapes. To perform these important duties, bees need to be healthy and well-fed. Unfortunately, much of our native land is being lost to urbanization and conversion to row groups to feed our growing population. This can affect the pollinators’ diets. Ultimately, this means we must use our land more wisely, in ways such as establishing pollinator forage and habitat along roadsides and fencelines, in utility right of ways, on golf courses and even on roof tops. Partnerships for Healthy Pollinators is intended to open up the conversation on current and future pollinator health. Dr. Becky Langer and Dr. Scott Longing will focus on how partnerships across North America can help implement pollinator forage through a variety of collaborations, citing last fall’s national planting tour as an example of how current partnerships are benefitting pollinators from coast to coast.