Pollinator Conference March 4, 2017 Linn County Fairgrounds


Learn how YOU can personally help save pollinators

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, Albany, OR

9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Attendance Desk opens at 8:00 am)

$30 registration fee includes snacks/coffee REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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Keynote Speaker: Robbin W. Thorp, Ph.D., Professor of Entomology, Emeritus, University of California, Davis, CA.
Pollinators, More than Just Honey Bees. Thorp will deliver the keynote lecture on pollinators “more than just honey bees”. His talk will be based on information he has gleaned over years of research. He will cover the many different pollinators, solitary bees, native bees, their habitats and life cycles.
Learn what you can do to bring the pollinators back to your gardens. Simple, inexpensive ways to create habitat for our pollinators. Learn about the life cycle, foraging and pollination techniques of pollinators. You can become a habitat steward. Using conservation guidelines, you will learn how to manage natural areas (in your own backyard) for bumble bees and other solitary bees

Guest Speakers: Melissa Scherr, Ph.D. Entomology at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
Integrated Gardening: The case for alternatives to pesticides . Dr. Scherr will identify the harmful effects that pesticides have on pollinators. Using pesticides repeatedly can cause pest resistance. Without food, their natural enemies die off and pest resurgence then becomes an issue.
She will offer mechanical, cultural and biological control alternatives that prevent pests from becoming problematic and can effectively treat infestations, without harming the pollinators.
Dr. Scherr will discuss the careful use of pesticides and how to reduce the harm to other than the target pests.

Andony Melathopoulos, OSU Horticulture Department, Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health Extension
Plant a pollinator garden “Never doubt how a small, thoughtful and committed pollinator habitat (in your backyard) can change the world.”
Pollinator populations are under stress from all sides. Be it from habitat loss and fragmentation, pesticide exposure, or the spread of new diseases, pollinators face many challenges. Moreover, intensive agriculture appears to be the connections of a lot of these problems. The good news is that recent research has demonstrated that some of these damaging effects can be somewhat reversed through the retention or restoration of small bits of natural habitat located within broader agricultural landscapes. But, urbanization has also contributed its fair share to the loss of biodiversity. Can this same strategy of preserving pollinator habitat do the same thing in cities that it does in agricultural areas?
There is, in fact, a particularly prominent habitat fragment that a lot of us have control over: our gardens. In this session we will dive deep into how to create pollinator habitat specific for the Willamette Valley. What plants do you need? How do you get things established? Do you need to prepare a place for pollinators to nest? And what about host plants for butterflies? After working through some of the more common challenges with building pollinator habitat, the session will conclude by returning to what current science has to say about how your modest activities might link up and contribute to overall urban pollinator health.

Rich Little, currently teaches Basic Entomology, Advanced Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Rearing Mason Bees, Native Bees as Pollinators, Plant diagnostics, Soil biology, & Garden Myths for Master Gardeners & the public.
Your flowers are blooming, so where are the bees? Your flowers are blooming, so where are the bees?
This lecture will cover:
• Identifying & providing habitat for native pollinators in your yard
• Basic nesting needs for some local bees
• Which artificial nesting systems to use
• Rich will cover basic nesting sites needs for some of our local bees, identifying desirable sites in your yard, which artificial nesting systems to use, and other management issues of your yard that will enhance bees nesting in your yard.

If you have a problem or question regarding registration please EMail LinnMasterGardeners@gmail.com or Phone Pami during office hours (8 am to 5 pm) OSU Extension Office 541-967-3871

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