Pollinator Program at Calamus Outfitters

On June 5, 2017, Mike Groenewold, Park Horticulturist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will present a program about Pollinators at Calamus Outfitters at 7:00PM. Many people may have observed that bees, butterflies and other pollinators are currently in need of help as their numbers are declining dramatically. Some people may not realize how important these insects are to our existence. We rely on pollinators to help plants produce many of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts we eat. In fact, we can thank pollinators for nearly one out of every three bites of food we eat. As well, some pollinators, like the Monarch butterfly are beautiful insects and it would be a tragedy if this insect disappears from our landscape.

Mike will present some of the reasons that pollinators are in decline, and since he is actively engaged in development of new pollinator habitat on park lands and the Cowboy Trail, he will discuss what is being done with other partners on Nebraska Game and Parks properties to enhance pollinator habitat. Also, he will discuss what homeowners can do to within their gardens and acreages to attract and benefit these important insects. In addition, Mike and Shauna, his wife, recently visited central Mexico to view the overwintering population of Monarch butterflies at three forest preserves, and plans to share some pictures and videos of their trip.

This program is sponsored by Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Calamus Outfitters and Nebraska Extension in GLW. To register for this program, please contact Nebraska Extension in Garfield, Loup & Wheeler Counties at 308-346-4200 or jschoen4@unl.edu by Friday, June 2nd. You can also learn more about upcoming extension programming in GLW by visiting us at the Garfield County Courthouse or checking our website at glw.unl.edu.