An alarming decline of bees and other pollinators, responsible for a good portion of the food we eat, will be addressed in a free workshop at The Nature Institute.
Trees Forever's Pollinator Habitat Conservation workshop is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Godfrey. Farmers, homeowners, conservationists and others interested in creating pollinator habitat are invited to attend. Topics include prairie restoration, site and plant species selection, maintenance, urban spaces and plant identification. Cost-share grants for landowners to install habitat plantings through Trees Forever's Illinois Buffer Partnership program also will be discussed.
Debbie Fluegel, Trees Forever Program Manager and Field Coordinator, said pollinators are responsible for every third bite of food we eat.
"While many animals contribute to pollination, bees and other insects do the bulk of the work," she said. "Bees are considered a 'keystone' species because of all the work they do for all other species."
Patti Brown, education director of the Nature Institute, will lead the workshop with Fluegel and Barb Grabner-Kerns, Illinois Field Coordinator with Trees Forever. Brown said the alarming decline of pollinators has happened over the last few decades.
"This is mainly due to three things: loss of habitat, increased use of pesticides, and diseases and parasites," she said, adding that the workshop is one way to address those issues.
What: Pollinator Habitat Conservation Workshop
When: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 2
Where: The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey
Other: There is no cost, but space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot. Register online at www.treesforever.org/PollinatorWorkshop or by calling Becky Smith at (800) 369-1269 ext. 112.
Program sponsors are Operation Pollinator and Trees Forever members. For more information, contact Debbie Fluegel at (309) 613-0095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.