As we approach the upcoming Fall Regional Meeting in Bayfield and carry on with our heavy workloads, it’s great to reflect on one of the most important workers of the summer: the honey bee. Bees play an extremely important role in pollinating fruits, vegetables, and many other flowering plants that we rely on. At the Fall Regional Meeting in Sturgeon Bay last fall, we hosted an excellent presentation on pollinators titled, “Pollinator Conservation and the Application of Spatial Information.”
Pollinators are responsible for pollinating over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. Honey bees pollinate billions of dollars’ worth of crops each year in the United States. Several local pollinators like bees and bats have experienced rapid declines over the past few decades. Bees are responsible for pollinating so many of the plants and foods we rely on today. Imagine a world without many fruits and vegetables, medicines, nuts, chocolate, coffee, and tequila! Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, disease, and misuse of pesticides are all potential reasons for the decline.
The presentation by Reena Bowman, US Fish and Wildlife Service, provided an overview of current status and how spatial information is used to guide pollinator recovery efforts – www.fws.gov/pollinators.
Since pollinators are important around the world, another great resource is Flowers Across Australia, an informative blog about honey bees – https://blog.flowersacrosssydney.com.au/honeybee/.
Register for the upcoming Fall Regional Meeting in Bayfield on October 24-25, 2019. Registration is now open!