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What’s the Buzz: Creating Pollinator Friendly Communities
November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County Environment & Energy Team is hosting a program with Dutchess County municipal officials and volunteers (CAC, CSC Task Force, Planning Board, Town Board, ZBA), watershed groups and local residents. Pollinators are a critical component of our ecosystem, fertilizing the plants in our yards and parks as well as on our farms and orchards. They play an integral part in our local food system and help us grow our local agricultural economy. However, pollinator populations are in sharp decline due to activities such as loss of habitat. Participants will learn about various native pollinator species and the benefits they bring, the activities negatively impacting pollinators, and best management practices for managing our local landscapes with pollinating insects in mind, at both a residential and municipal scale. Participants will hear from two Dutchess County communities about ongoing efforts to establish pollinator gardens and “pathways,” helping to restore habitat connectivity and biodiversity to the region using a collaborative approach.