Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes – Save the Date

Two years ago Elsa Youngsteadt and Steve Frank from NC State joined forces with Dave SmitleyHeidi Wollaeger, and others from Michigan State University to organize the first national conference related to pollinator conservation in ornamental plant production and urban landscapes. Over 150 people with jobs in research, extension, industry, government, or NGOs spent 3 days in the North Carolina mountains with a lineup of renowned international speakers.

But this conference was not just about listening; it was also about talking and discussing pressing issues such as insecticide safety and habitat conservation. Folks studying bee conservation had dinner with folks from agrochemical companies. Extension folks trying to find real-world pest management solutions had beers with beekeepers and conservationists. Many of these interactions may not have ever happened without this conference.

On October 9-11, 2017 the 2nd national conference on Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes will take place, this time in Traverse City, Michigan. The program committee is still putting together the agenda, so check back from time to time. You can also check out the program from last time to see the diversity of topics and quality of the speakers. If you really want to get out of your (research, conservation, extension, industry, beekeeper) comfort zone to hear and discuss the state of the art on a range of topics, this is the conference for you.

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