SOUTH PARIS, Maine — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Oxford County, Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will host a workshop; “Succeeding with Pollinator Plantings: the Bees, the Bugs and the Basics,” Friday September 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hooker Family Farm, 195 Pleasant St., Oxford.
Learn about the pollinators and beneficial insects helping to make our food systems work. Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will cover the basics of who is who in the pollinator world, why we should care, and the status of these insects. Participants will learn about basic management strategies from the easy to the hard that can help pollinators, including how to successfully establish those tricky wildflower meadows. If the weather is amenable, participants will have the opportunity to catch live native bees, try to identify them, and learn about the species that were collected.
The program fee is $10/family. To register, for more information, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jean Federico at the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District: 207.744.3119; firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred).
— Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
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