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Webinar: Pollinator Conservation in Working Landscapes
Wed, January 18 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST
Strategic conservation in farmed and urban landscapes can disproportionately increase biodiversity. Nick Haddad has worked for three decades to understand how to conserve landscapes to benefit pollinators and other species. He has created large experiments to test the role of targeted conservation efforts. For example, landscape corridors through urban and farmed landscapes can created superhighways for plants and animals to increase their presence, abundance, and diversity. Small areas within farmlands known as prairie strips can provide sources of pollinators and other beneficial insects that spill over and benefit crops. Targeted conservation of corridors, prairie strips, and other areas can have high impact in biodiversity conservation.
Learning goals for the session include:
1. How to manage landscapes for pollinators, especially be reconnecting habitat areas with landscape corridors
2. The causes of pollinator decline, and the hope for their recovery
3. Conservation of prairie strips in farmland
Dr. Nick Haddad is a professor of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University. He is also director of the Long Term Ecological Research site at Kellogg Biological Station. He studies landscape conservation and the rarest butterflies in the world.