CATCH THE BUZZ – Purdue Extension Protecting Pollinators team honored with educational project award

By Darrin Pack

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A Purdue Extension initiative designed to help educate the public, farmers and agrochemical professionals about vital pollinator species has received the 2017 Entomology Educational Project Award from the Certified Entomologists of Mid-America.

The Protecting Pollinators team was honored for its series of Extension publications that provide practical tips for protecting the habitats of honey bees, mason bees, bumble bees, flies, moths, butterflies and hummingbirds as well as other threatened pollinator species.

“A third of food crops depend on honey bee pollination and up to 85 percent of all crops show significant yield increases from bees, yet there are serious declines in pollinators worldwide and significant challenges to bee health in the honey industry,” said Stephen Cameron, department head and entomology professor at Purdue.

“Public interest and awareness of these challenges is higher than ever. The Protecting Pollinators Extension series details the importance of pollinators and how individuals can help protect bees – in their home gardens, in vegetable and cropping systems, as commercial pesticide users and through protecting bee habitat. Protecting Pollinators teaches us how to make life easier for some of humanity’s best wildlife friends – the bees.”

The Protecting Pollinators series began last year and currently includes seven publications, each targeted to a specific audience:

* Protecting Pollinators in Home Lawns and Landscapes * Protecting Pollinators in Fruit and Vegetable Production