Importance of Native Pollinators
An introduction to pollinators and the crucial role they play in the health of the planet, including criticism of honey bees (Apis mellifera). Starting with a basic biology lesson on what pollination, is and how this is accomplished by the (many) different types of pollinators. The talk will then move into the importance of pollinators for healthy plant communities, including agricultural and urban ecosystems. Then a brief overview of many threats that pollinators face, with in-depth criticism of the use of honey bees (and other managed bees). Finally, ending on a positive note, different ways to safeguard pollinators, including ways YOU can help pollinators at home will be discussed.
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