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Gov. Ricketts proclaims June 19-25 Nebraska Pollinator Week

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts has proclaimed that June 19-25 is Nebraska Pollinator Week. This special designation reminds Nebraskans of the importance of pollination to ecosystems, businesses, and people’s lives, while acknowledging the creatures that pollinate. In Nebraska, pollination from the animal kingdom can be credited to species of hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and flies. Lt. Gov. Mike Foley presented the signed proclamation to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologist Melissa Panella on June 7 in a ceremony …

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Public may comment on draft plan for monarchs and at-risk pollinators

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to comment on a draft conservation plan for monarchs and at-risk pollinators in Nebraska. The Nebraska Monarch and Pollinator Initiative has developed a Conservation Strategy for Monarchs and At-risk Pollinators in Nebraska. The purpose of this plan is to collaborate with stakeholders to support populations of monarchs and other at-risk pollinators, as well as their ecological services, in Nebraska. The nation’s eastern population of the monarch butterfly has declined as much as 90 …

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Prairie Restoration and Management Workshop at Ponca State Park on Aug. 30

LINCOLN – Learn new management techniques for prairie restoration and pollinators at a free workshop Aug. 30 at Ponca State Park. The event, which is open to the public, also will include a tour of a Nebraska Natural Legacy Project Demonstration Site. This workshop will focus on high-diversity grassland plantings and restoration. This event is for landowners, conservation practitioners, Conservation Reserve Program owners, game farm and lodge owners, ranchers, agency managers, county weed inspectors, backyard native garden enthusiasts, natural resource …

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Wildflower Power: Inviting the Pollinators

I’m a lover of wildflowers. Seeing, smelling, identifying and just being amid native wildflowers are on my list of my favorite outdoor pursuits in Nebraska’s landscape. And, you know what? Those wildflowers are more important than ever! No, scratch that. Indirectly, those native wildflowers are vital to all life on our planet Earth! Allow me to explain. For one out of every three bites of food you eat, you need to thank a bee, butterfly, beetle, bat, bird or other animal transferring pollen from one native wildflower to another! In fact, these animals on …

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Governor Signs Proclamations Celebrating Outdoor Recreation, Pollinators

LINCOLN – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed two proclamations underscoring the importance of nature and the outdoors to Nebraskans during a morning ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol on June 1. Ricketts declared June Great Outdoors Month. Additionally, he declared June 20 through 26 Nebraska Pollinator Week. Outdoor recreation promotes good health and helps Nebraskans connect with nature on a personal level. Nebraska’s state park areas offer families and individuals opportunities, to hike, bike, camp, boat, swim, canoe, kayak and …

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Nebraska Game and Parks to Host Free Workshops on the Power of Pollinators

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host seven free workshops about the power of pollinators and measures homeowners and others can take to protect them. Pollinators are insects and animals that transport pollen between plants, ensuring that those plants produce fruit or seeds. Common pollinators include bees and butterflies. Pollinators are critical to our environment, food supply and economy, but their numbers are in decline. By establishing backyard pollinator gardens as a source of food and shelter …

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Meeting to Discuss Pollinators Sept. 18 in Nebraska City

LINCOLN – The public is invited to an informational meeting regarding the importance of pollinators on Sept. 18 in Nebraska City. This free event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Missouri River Visitors Center, 100 Valmont Drive. Discussion topics will include the benefits of pollinators, pollinators in the Midwest, importance of pollinator habitat, and programs to help pollinators. The meeting’s guest speakers will be Pete Berthelsen of Pheasants Forever Inc. & Quail Forever Inc., Erin …

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Promoting Pollinator Habitat Week

“Pollination is one of the most important mechanisms in the maintenance and promotion of biodiversity and, in general, life on Earth. Pollination benefits society by increasing food, security and improving livelihoods.” – Convention on Biological Diversity, Sustaining Life on Earth.   We are in the midst of National Pollinator Habitat Week (June 15-21) here in Nebraska and elsewhere in this great country. I am promoting it and proud to say that our family farm in southeastern Nebraska is enrolled entirely …

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Pollinator Workshop Sept. 19 in Nebraska City

LINCOLN – The public is invited to a free workshop Sept. 19 in Nebraska City to discuss the importance of pollinators. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants Forever will host the workshop at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 100 Valmont Drive. The event begins with free appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation from 7-9 p.m. Topics will include: benefits of pollinators, common Nebraska pollinators, importance of pollinator habitat, and solutions to declining pollinator populations. Call …

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Landscape Notes: Pollinators

By Jon Morgenson As a kid I remember (like many of you) running around during the summer barefoot, which meant, you better keep an eye open, looking for patches of clover in lawns, identifiable by their white flowers amidst all the green. Because if you didn’t, you’d pay a price! Those same patches of clover were humming with bees at their business of gathering pollen, and it didn’t take too many ‘repeats’ of stepping on a bee barefoot, to learn …

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