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What's in Your Pocket shares information on pollinator-friendly garden designs.
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Plant a Pollinator Pocket!

Posted by Trent Hawker -

Are you interested in promoting pollinator conservation efforts across the state?  BEE a positive influence on pollinator populations and plant a Pollinator Pocket today!  Pollinator Pockets are small spaces of flowering plants that can attract and nurture insect pollinators. You can now register your site as an official University of Illinois Extension Pollinator Pocket.  ...

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Mitigating Pollinator Decline in Landscapes

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

The University of Minnesota Extension hosted a webinar on Dec 1 entitled "Mitigating Pollinator Decline in Landscapes" that was very informative. The pdf of the presentations and the videos will be posted by Dec 10, 2015 at learn extension website . The remainder of this article summarizes the key points of the session....

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Pollination Syndromes

Posted by Trent Hawker -

While words like phalaenophily and psychophily might sound like terms only found in a medical dictionary, pollinator syndromes are actually used to assign certain characterisitics to different flowers. According to the Pollinator Partnership, pollinator syndromes "describe flower characteristics, or traits, that may appeal to a particular type of pollinator. Such characteristics can be...

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Protecting Pollinators - Webinar

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

More and more homeowners and gardeners are becoming aware of the threat that insecticides pose to pollinators and they are taking steps to reduce the use of these chemicals on their property.  Seeing this same trend among organizations such as government agencies, schools, hospitals, and businesse...

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Rain Garden Lecture and Tour

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

Rain Gardens are a delightful solution to standing water problems in your yard and excessive runoff to the storm sewer. A rain garden is typically a smaller garden in a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. The garden holds the water for a short time allowing it to be absorbed into the soil. Plants are selected based on their ability to withstand the ext...

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National Pollinator Week June 15-21

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

June 15-21 is National Pollinator Week and there are numerous activities happening in the Champaign-Urbana area celebrating our pollinators. Why not pick one or two to participate in. And don't forget to visit the University of Illinois Pollinatarium where children of all ag...

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BeeBlitz on June 21, 2015

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

Help create a snapshot in time of bee species in Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio by participating in BeeBlitz on June 21, 2015 during National Pollinator Week . As you may be aware, BeeSpotter is a citizen science project to track bee populations in order to help scientists better understand bee demographics.  Participation as a citize...

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