Thank you so much for inviting me to join you for your (February) monthly meeting and for sharing a wonderful meal with me. All of you signed up to receive additional pollinator conservation resources (attached) and a couple of you had particular questions so am pasting some links below my name (they are all in the attached resources, too). Also attached is a pdf copy of the presentation (reduced for email). There are links at the top of the resources pdf that you can click to jump to sections within such as “Habitat Assessment.” I think Peter or Joe may forward this to the whole group, so you may get this twice, plus Pat may post things on the web, so others will have access, too.
Thank you for all your work caring for and teaching others about bees. I’m sure you’re getting a lot of questions from folks when they learn you’re beekeepers. Please share what you know when you have the chance and feel free to share these resources. Pollinator or wildlife habitat signs can help others learn more about plant connections and be a focal point for conversations—they, like a clearly mowed edge, also signal that untidy areas are intentional when you start to leave a few more unmown areas for bees, other insects and other wildlife.
On the NRCS website, http://www.nrcs.usda.gov, using the search window to look for “pollinator” or “pollination” pulls up links to the plethora of resources available there, but most NRCS pollinator related documents can now be found at http://plants.usda.gov/pollinators/NRCSdocuments.html. If you have land and have not yet talked with NRCS staff about conservation practices, the person to contact is your local District Conservationist. Find your county’s service center telephone number at the above link and ask to speak with the District Conservationist. If you have any trouble locating them, just send me a note. For Stanly and Union Counties, Shauntae Britt is the District Conservationist at 704-982-6811. She is cc’d.
The Xerces Society website is updated regularly (so it’s worth checking back if you haven’t visited recently) and pollinator resources are found at http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center. Click on the southeast or mid-Atlantic region for links to local pollinator resources, including regional plant lists and seed mixes, farming for bees information (including organic approaches), regional nurseries with seeds and container plants, and regional guides for bee identification. Many of these resources are also available on the Bee City USA http://www.beecityusa.org/ and NC Botanic Garden websites http://ncbg.unc.edu/ .
You may also be interested in Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic Support Diverse Pollinators https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhC5iY0ijJM which is a video highlighting the diversity of bees and a few other pollinators on native plants mainly in NC.
Thank you, again, for the work you do to support bees; other pollinators, insects, wildlife, and natural resources; and our watersheds.
With much appreciation,
- Ecologically Sound Mosquito Management http://www.xerces.org/aquatic-invertebrates/
- Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/habitat-assessment-guides/
- Tickle bees of Sabin (gentleness of solitary bees, Andrena spp.) http://katu.com/archive/tickle-bees
- Bumble bees of the Eastern US posters (and others) http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/features/posters.shtml
Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD
Pollinator Conservation Specialist
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation &
USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center
2901 East Gate City Blvd., Ste. 2100, Greensboro, NC 27401
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