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Session 1: Plants & People (200-11-06-14)
Exploring the Ecology and Stewardship between Pollinators, Plants, People, and Our Planet
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Snyder Auditorium 

Gain cutting-edge information on what is affecting honey and native bee populations. Discover which insects are exceptional pollinators for vegetables and fruits you want to grow. Get ideas of how to make your landscape a pollinator haven--from the turf up! Enter your winter planning season as a well-informed "pollinator advocate."
Each presenter will provide a handout of do-able actions, based on their specialty, of what you can do to become a steward of bees and beneficial insects. You will leave with a set of best-practices and ideas that you can immediately set into motion.

about the presenters

Introduction Click to view presentation
Vera Krischik, University of Minnesota Extension Specialist and Associate Professor
Catch the Buzz About Bees with the Arboretum click to view presentation
Tim Kenny, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director of Education and Statewide Director of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program
Be among the first to hear the insider scoop on the new Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center. This new facility will have the capacity to increase education, awareness and empowerment for visitors of all ages.

A Flawed System? Systemic Insecticides and Bees click to view presentation
Vera Krischik, University of Minnesota Extension Specialist and Associate Professor
Some systemic insecticides (meaning those which are taken up by a plant's vascular system and expressed through pollen, nectar and guttation droplets on leaf tips) are highly toxic to bees and other pollinators. Learn about the ongoing data-based research that shows how exposure to these products can cause significant problems for bee health. You'll be able to understand the difference between common insecticide practices on seed treated crops and field treated crops, which will help you to gain perspective on consumer, commercial and environmental implications.

Friend or Foe: The Effects of People and Other Pests click to view presentation
Becky Masterman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Bee Squad Coordinator
Understand the multiple factors involved in bee decline, including habitat and high quality food loss, Varroa mites, and current bee management practices. You will also learn how to protect bees in your backyard and community.

Going Native: It's Not Just About the Honeybee click to view presentation
Heather Holm, Author of "Pollinators of Native Plants" (2014)
Honeybees seem to get all the media attention, but they are not even native to this country. Shift focus to explore native pollinators and their decline. Find out what it takes to make Heather's Top 7 List of Native Bees. Learn how to identify them, discuss their life history, and discover ways a gardener can conserve their habitat.

Apples, Squash and Tomatoes: Feed Yourself and the Bees click to view presentation
Karl Foord, University of Minnesota Extension Educator
Different kinds of crops attract different kinds of bees. Enhance the production of your food while feeding the bees at the same time! Pay particular attention to native bee species that pollinate the most popular Minnesota crops of apples, squash, and tomatoes.

Pollinator Gardens and Bee Lawns: Creation, Design, Plant Choice and Sustainability click to view presentation
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Extension Specialist and Professor
Learn how to retrofit your yard and landscape for pollinators, including a new look at "bee lawns" with the best perennials. Based on research, and a review of the latest pollinator work, discover which native and nonnative plants are utilized by bees, beneficial insects, and butterflies. Leave armed with a list of varieties that will work for your particular landscape.

The Butterfly Code click to view presentation
Erik Runquist, Ph.D., Minnesota Zoo Butterfly Conservation Biologist
Although butterflies are not known as efficient pollinators, they are important indicators of environments that support bees. Learn how to read the messages that butterflies present in your garden. Discuss what butterflies need, including specific host and nectar plants. Leave knowing how to welcome more of these beauties to your yard.
Certificate of Attendance will be available for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, or others who wish to verify their participation.