The widespread loss of bees and other pollinators has plant specialists concerned. Pollinators are essential to maintaining food crops.
Locally, an effort is underway to help return native pollinator habitat. The Oneida County-Three Lakes Pollinator Partnership, along with Oneida county is hosting a free workshop, "Pollinators in the Northwoods" this Friday morning at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes.
Pollinator Project Coordinator, Baerbel Ehrig, says the project has selected four sites along roadways to improve habitat for pollinators...
"....there are four sites selected. One of them is on (Oneida) county road "A". The other three are on town roads within the town of Three Lakes...."
Ehrig says the sites were selected to provide easy viewing by the public. . Ehrig says it's not just bees...
".....the native pollinators are in high decrease, the European honeybees are in decrease. The Monarch butterflies have gone significantly down along with other pollinator insects. So this project is to create more habitat for pollinator populations...."
Ehrig will present a program on that project, plus an entomologist from UW-Madison will speak on identifying pollinators and protecting them. Patrick Goggin from UW-Extension Lakes will discuss gardening with native plants to attract pollinators.
The meeting Friday begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes. More information is at the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation office.