Missouri Master Pollinator Steward


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. Learn how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with the Master Pollinator Steward program. This program will be provided weekly over six weeks. Wednesdays will be the primary course content, delivered virtually via Zoom from 10-noon. Thursdays will be outdoor, face-to-face activities, demonstrations, and tours from 2-4 pm. The Thursday sessions will enhance the content from the Wednesday session in order to deepen learning through a hands-on experience. You can participate in Zoom from the comfort of your home, or at the MU Extension Center nearest you. Five of the Thursday sessions will be held in Kirksville, and one session will be held on a farm near Novinger (9 miles west of Kirksville).

A course manual will be provided in either electronic form or hard copy, depending on the participant's preference.

Week 1, May 19/20: Insects
Week 2, May 26/27: Pollination Mechanisms and Plant-Pollinator Relationships
Week 3, June 2/3: Honeybees as Pollinators: Their Habitats & Products
Week 4, June 9/10: Native Pollinators & Their Habitats,
Week 5, June 16/17: Your garden landscape for pollinators
Week 6, June 23/24: Conserving Missouri’s Wild and Managed Pollinators: Opportunities for Conservation

Cost: $100

Contact: Jennifer Schutter, [email protected], 660-665-9866 

Kirksville Area Master Gardeners

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