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Buzzing about Bees: Pollinator Workshop Scheduled at Wildcat Hills

The critical role of pollinators will be addressed during a workshop at Wildcat Hills Nature Center.
The critical role of pollinators will be addressed during a workshop at Wildcat Hills Nature Center. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

A one-day workshop at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering this month will explore the importance of pollinating insects to the world’s food supply and ecosystems.

The Panhandle Pollinators Workshop will be Thursday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to the first 25 registrants. A lunch will be provided. The deadline to register is Friday, June 13.

While many know of bees as obvious pollinators, the workshop will discuss a variety of other pollinating species such as wasps, ants, bats and butterflies that are incredibly important to the world’s food supply. Without pollinators, 75 percent of the world’s plant species would not be able to produce fruit or seeds, scientists estimate.

The workshop is open to anyone, but is expected to be especially helpful for those who can turn the information into action – such as educators, landowners, resource professionals and scout leaders.

To register, contact Todd Filipi at todd.filipi@ne.usda.gov or 308-632-2195, extension 1140.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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