Like many other organizations, the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance went virtual in 2021! We hosted several different webinars with topics such as native bees and prescribed fire, pollinator-friendly mosquito management, and fall garden planting. If you want to check out any of our webinars, please visit our YouTube page!

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4th Annual Pollinator Field Day!

We are back for our 4th annual Pollinator Field Day! We will be virtual again this year but hope to see everyone next year in the field. The event is June 22nd and starts at 3pm. We will have three speakers to talk about North Carolina native habitat for pollinators, native bees, and pesticide stewardship. You don’t want to miss it!


Debbie Roos (NC Cooperative Extension) – An Overview of the Top 25 Pollinator Plants in NC.

Elsa Youngsteadt, Hannah Levenson (NCSU) – Native Bees: Diversity and Identification.

Lewis Cauble (NCDA & CS) – Pesticide Misuse Inside and Outside of Hives: How to Avoid it.

Click here to register:

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Bees and Fire: Do they Mix?

Join us for for an exciting webinar on April 27th at 3pm: ‘Bees and Fire: Do they Mix?’

Prescribed fire has been an essential tool for forest restoration in the southeastern United States. Bees are essential components of these ecosystems, but how do bees cope with fire? This webinar looks at the evidence and gives a glimpse into recent and ongoing research in North Carolina’s fire-managed forests.

Presented by:

Clyde Sorenson, Professor, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, NC State University

Elsa Youngsteadt, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Ecology, NC State University

Gabriela Garrison, Eastern Piedmont Habitat Conservation Coordinator, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

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3rd Annual Pollinator Field Day!

Kick off National Pollinator Week 2020 and join us for our 3rd annual Pollinator Field Day on June 22 at 3:00pm!  Due to current coronavirus circumstances, this event will be 100% VIRTUAL, so you can enjoy the program from the comfort of your home!  This event will feature the following presentations to teach you about native bees, habitat and pesticide stewardship:

  • Habitat for farms, roadsides or constructed pollinator meadows from seed.  
  • Native bee identification, life cycle and biology.
  • Pesticide application techniques to protect pollinators.

Bees, butterflies, moths and other beneficial insects provide valuable ecosystems services through pollination.  These same insects also pollinate the native plants in our rural and urban landscapes, helping to maintain our state’s lush green vegetation.  Helping pollinators has never been more important.

Spend part of your day in the ‘field’ with education, research and field-based experts, including a virtual visit to the pollinator habitat at the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston, and see how you can make a positive impact on pollinators through your work. 

Registration for Pollinator Field Day is FREE. Register below. The sessions have been approved for two credits for pesticide applicators in classes B, D, G, H, I, L, N, O, and X.

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The Wildlife Value of a Messy Garden

It’s that time of year when leaves are falling, plants are dying back and temperatures are dropping. The days are getting shorter, and we’re seeing fewer bees and butterflies flitting through the yard. You might think your yard has done its job for the season so it’s time to cut it back. You couldn’t be more wrong!! Seed heads, piles of leaves and bark and standing stems, provide forage and over wintering habitat for numberous birds and insects. For more information, check out this great article on fall gardens, here! If you’d like a handout to take to work, pass out to neighbors or hang on your refrigerator, check out this Messy Garden Fact Sheet we made for outreach events!

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NEW!! North Carolina Pollinator Toolkit Available!

Have you ever wondered how to plant pollinator habitat? Have you ever wondered what plant species to buy? Have you ever wondered about garden upkeep? Look no further! We have the answers to those questions and so much more! In collaboration with the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance, the NC Botanical Garden has published a Pollinator Toolkit to answer any and all questions about pollinator habitat! Check it out here!

Photo courtesy of Debbie Roos
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Return of Long-lost Bees Creating a lot of Presidio Buzz

If you work for any type of natural resource organization, you’ll often hear the words, *If you build it, they will come*. These words rang true to form for the Presidio Trust in San Francisco last week. It is “the latest example of how the removal of invasive plants and the restoration of dunes and grasses at the former military base have helped bring back lost species that thrived for tens of thousands of years in the coastal habitat”. Silver digger bees, once common in this area, were rarely seen until last week. They pollinate numerous native plants. The females have long back legs for digging burrows in the sand, 20 to 30 inches deep. To read more about this exciting project, click here!

Photo courtesy of Constanza Hevia H.
Photo courtesy of Constanza Hevia H.
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Foreign Bees Monopolize Prize Resources in Biodiversity Hotspot

Have you ever wondered how native bees interact with non-native honey bees? Or if they interact at all? A recent study in San Diego County, a known biodiversity hotspot, found that honey bees make up 75% of the region’s observed pollinators. In addition, they focus their foraging efforts on the most abundantly flowering native plant species: “Their numerical dominance is even higher on the plant species that supply the largest amounts of pollen and nectar…this finding suggests that honey bees are disproportionately removing resources from the plant species that likely support the greatest diversity and abundance of native pollinator species.” An additional component of the study indicated that the repeated and increased visits to certain plant species may be causing damage to the actual flowers. Click here to get more details and information pertaining to this important work.

Photo courtesy of James Hung
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Bees Lead Researchers to Trailblazing Ecological Partnerships with Texas City

Researchers from Auburn University went to a small Texas town to study bee populations. They found much more diversity than expected. They also discovered three plants that seemed to be primary food sources for these bees. This led to the creation of a biodiversity ordinance that will protect these particular plants from disturbance or removal. Violation of this ordinance is considered a misdemeanor offense and will carry a penalty of $2,000 per occurrence. Natural resource and conservation organizations in North Carolina work with local governments to incorporate wildlife-friendly practices into their ordinances. We need to bring biodiversity ordinances to North Carolina – what a great idea! Click here to read the full article.

Photo courtesy of Laneige Conde
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The 2019 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series

The Monarch Joint Venture is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center to present a year of informative and interesting webinars about monarch butterflies. Topics include, “How to Plant for Success: the Trials and Triumphs of Establishing Monarch Habitat”, “Urban Monarch Butterfly Conservation”, “Lessons from Roadside Management for Monarchs” and much more! These webinars are free – click here to find the registration link and full list of webinars for 2019.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Caldwell
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