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Pollinator issues are definitely in the news.

Growers and consumers are trying to understand the problem and how it affects their production or buying practices.

Creating habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects

Many people are interested in protecting pollinators by creating good habitat for them. The same habitat (flowers and grasses of varied shapes and sizes that provide blooms throughout the growing season) is also good for other beneficial insects (and similar creatures like spiders) that are natural enemies of pests. There are a lot of different ways to establish these plants and manage weeds during the establishment process. In 2018, NYS IPM installed habitat plots using 6 different methods of establishment. To learn more about what we learned, watch the following video.

Creating pollinator habitat: How do I plant it?

Hints: to see the captions, click the small CC button on the lower right and choose English.

Creating pollinator habitat: What insects should I expect?

Hints: to see the captions, click the small CC button on the lower right and choose English.

360° Pollinator Garden Tour

Even when the weather keeps you home, you can visit a real pollinator garden with this virtual 360 degree tour. In this curated experience, suitable for youth and adults,  go on a pollinator insect hunt, or learn about the threats to native and non-native pollinators. Master Gardener Volunteers will help you make decisions about plant and landscape choices that support pollinator abundance and diversity. Of course you can also visit this garden in person at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County,  1 Geneva Road, Brewster NY.

Pollinator Protection Plan 2016

The New York State 2016-17 state budget includes $500,000 to help implement practices and conduct research outlined in a New York State Pollinator Protection Plan.

Protecting Pollinators on Golf Courses

Over 400 wild species of pollinators inhabit New York State. Golf courses, especially in developed areas, can provide significant areas of habitat to support these species and domesticated honey bees as well. This publication, Best Management Practices for Pollinators on New York State Golf Courses, contains the information superintendents need to protect pollinators while responsibly using pesticides to meet their needs and guidance on providing habitat to support healthy pollinator populations. 


The NY Pollinator Conference

September 22, 2015. Links to videos of the talks.

Update on neonics, bees and best management practices for protecting pollinators and beneficial insects on ornamental plants

by David Smitley, Michigan State University

The Buzz on Neonicotinoids

A talk given by Dr. Betsy Lamb, filmed at a Pesticide Update program for Cornell employees.