Master Pollinator Steward (Cole and Boone Counties)

Description

Pollinators — such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects — play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife. Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides. In this 6-week course, learn how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with the Master Pollinator Steward program. 

Session topics include an insect overview, plant-pollinator relationships, honey bees, native bees and other pollinators, and pollinators in nature and agriculture.

When: Thursdays, 10-noon

Where: Lecture presentations are via Zoom with other sites in Missouri. Field trips/lab sessions are local and in-person.

Schedule:

     • April 6 - Insects overview

     • April 13 - Plant-pollinator interactions

     • April 20 - Honey bees 

     • April 27 - Native bees and other pollinators

     • May 4 - Pollinators in nature and agriculture, part 1 

     • May 11 - Pollinators in nature and agriculture, part 2

In-person field sessions will be held on April 18, May 2 and May 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. You are strongly encouraged to participate in all classes and field sessions. The locations of field sessions will be shared closer to the course start date.

This course qualifies as Advanced Training for Extension Master Gardeners and Missouri Master Naturalists.

Questions: Contact Dhruba Dhakal, [email protected]

Cost: $100

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