ELDON, Mo. — Pollinators play a crucial role in the production of fruits, vegetables, honey and field crops, said MU Extension horticulturist James Quinn. Declining populations of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects led MU Extension to develop a curriculum to help the public learn about pollinators and how to increase their presence, he said.
Anyone interested in nature, gardening, beekeeping or agronomy will learn how to create a better environment where pollinators can thrive as a Master Pollinator Steward. Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists will find the class of particular interest.
Topics are insects; plant-pollinator relationships; native pollinators; honeybee variants and their habitats; the three P’s of honeybees—pests, products and pollination; and conserving, creating and managing pollinator habitat.
Classes are Fridays, 9-noon, from March 22 through April 26, 2019. There will be several field trips. Classes will be held rain or shine.
Cost: $90.00 for full program
March 22, 2019 – April 26, 2019
Location Central Bank of Eldon
611 E. North St.
Eldon, MO 65026
— University of Missouri Extension
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