[Ok-sus] Native Pollinator Short Course at Kerr Center

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Wed Apr 16 15:35:25 UTC 2014

Kerr Center to Host May 3 Course on Native Pollinators 


The Kerr Center near Poteau will host a one-day short course on native
pollinators, Saturday, May 3, from 9-4:30.


Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Space is limited; register by April


Honeybees, long a mainstay for pollination in agriculture, face serious
threats from disease and pesticides and colony numbers are plummeting.  


Native pollinators, especially native bees, can fill the gap. Other native
pollinators include butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, flies and other


Successful management requires a general understanding of pollinator biology
and habitat. This course aims to provide farmers, ranchers, as well as land
owners/managers, the basics of that understanding. 


Topics include why native pollinators are beneficial; the basics of bee
biology and recognizing types of bees; pollinator-friendly ag practices; and
habitat restoration and management.


Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces
Society, will lead the short course.  The Xerces Society works to conserve
invertebrates, with a strong focus on native pollinators. 


In addition, Josh Ketch of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) will discuss the agency's programs.


The day's offerings will also include a case study by David Redhage of the
Kerr Center's work with native pollinators and pollinator habitat, and a
tour of the center's plantings. 


Wildflowers grow in various places on the Kerr Ranch, as well as in
plantings near the office and in the horticulture plots. Redhage and other
staff are documenting the wildflowers and pollinators on the ranch and
developing educational information about pollinator-friendly plantings for
eastern Oklahoma, which will be available on the Kerr Center website. 


The workshop is sponsored by a Conservation Innovation Grant (number
69-7335-1-21) through the USDA NRCS and the state of Oklahoma.


Register online with Paypal or credit card at wwww.kerrcenter.com or send a
$10 check made out to Kerr Center to:  Kerr Center, PO Box 588, Poteau, OK
74953. Be sure to include complete contact info (address, phone, email).  


For more info, call Hannah at the center, 918.647.9123 or see agenda below. 




Pollinator Conservation Short Course

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture

3 May 2014

Presented by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation


8:45 am - 9:00 am: Greeting and check in.


9:00 am - 9:45 am: Module 1. Introduction

.        Pollination economics

.        Pollination biology

.        Role and value of beneficial insects


9:45 am - 10:30 am: Module 2. Basic Bee Biology

.        Understanding bee life cycles

.         Recognizing bees

 10:30 am - 10:45 am: Morning Break


10:45 am - 11:30 pm: Module 3. Pollinator-Friendly Agriculture 

.         The value of natural habitat

.         Reducing harm from pesticides

.         Protecting nesting sites


11:30 pm - 12:00 pm: Module 4. Case study from David Redhage, Kerr Center


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Module 5. Tour of Kerr Center plantings, field


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Module 6. Habitat Restoration and Land Management

.         Habitat assessment guide

.         Habitat design considerations and plant selection

.         Site preparation and planting techniques for wildflowers and

 3:30 pm -3:45 pm: Afternoon Break


3:45 pm - 4:15 pm: Module 7. Oklahoma Resources for Growers

.       Josh Ketch, NRCS


4:15 pm - 4:30 pm: Module 8. Additional Resources

Agenda is subject to change.



Maura Ann McDermott

Communications Director

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture

PO Box 588

Poteau, OK 74953

www.kerrcenter.com <http://www.kerrcenter.com/> 



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