Pollinator Field Day Aug. 18 at Tekamah

John Wilson with bees
Nebraska Extension Educator John Wilson will show pollinator friendly landscaping and pollinator plantings in CRP at the Aug. 18 Pollinator Field Day at Tekamah.

Pollinator Field Day Aug. 18 at Tekamah

Those interested in learning about pollinators are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension’s Pollinator Field Day Aug. 18 in Tekamah. Particpants can even take a turn at wearing a bee suit to observe hives and bee activity up close.

Over 75% of all flowering plants and crops rely on animals to carry pollen from one flower to another. Most of these pollinators are insects. Honeybees are common pollinators, along with butterflies, moths, beetles and flies. Attendees at this field day will learn more about different kinds of pollinators, their importance, and steps that can be taken to help pollinators.

Morgan Sapp with the USDA Farm Service Agency will discuss options for pollinator habitats in conservation reserve program plantings, and Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Scott Schmidt will talk about programs to support developing pollinator friendly habitats around an acreage, farm or home.

Learn about ...

  • Managed and wild bees
  • Pollinator-friendly plants
  • Pollinator land programs
  • Live honey bee colonies
  • Wild bee nests
  • Pollinator-friendly habitats

The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the First Northeast Bank of Nebraska at 448 S. 13th St. in Tekamah. At 10:30 a.m., after the classroom portion, participants will travel eight miles to Extension Educator John Wilson’s home to view the pollinator-friendly landscaping and pollinator plantings in CRP as well as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s bee research being conducted there. The address is 1059 County Road 26, Craig.

Judy Wu-Smart, Nebraska extension and research entomologist, will provide visitors the opportunity to put on bee suits and get up close with the hives. Wu-Smart and her students will be opening several monitored hives for participants. She will also demonstrate the hive weight bars that measure the weight of the hive to determine the amount of honey produced inside.

To RSVP for pollinator day, email John Wilson at jwilson3@unl.edu or call 402-374-2929.

Judy Wu-Smart
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