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  • Bee Palooza (June 2019)

    Dates:

    Sunday, June 23, 2019. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    MSU Horticulture Gardens, 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Bee Palooza is a free, fun and educational event organized by volunteers to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators. Stations are set up around the gardens and can be visited in any order. On display are active honey bee and bumble bee colonies, examples of wild Michigan bees and wild bee hotels, plants and gardening practices to support pollinators, as well as demonstrations about how important bees are to food production. Guided wild bee tours and other hands-on activities are offered throughout the afternoon event.

  • Beginning Farmer Webinar Series (January - April 2019)

    Dates:

    Please see the website listed below for current offerings.

    Location:

    Online. Connection information will be emailed after registration.

    Description:

    New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in or already engaging in new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production and marketing plans. Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts.

  • Michigan Pollinator Protection Plan

    Location:

    https://pollinators.msu.edu/protection-plan/ 

    Description:

    The purpose of Michigan’s Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) is to improve and protect the health of  pollinators in Michigan, while simultaneously protecting our crops, property, and human health. The MP3 is non-regulatory; it will provide guidance. It is also designed to be flexible, and will improve as we receive input from stakeholders, and new strategies become available.

  • MSU Apiculture Laboratory

    Location:

    243 Natural Sciences Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU Apiculture Laboratory combines basic and applied research that benefits the beekeeping industry in Michigan and the country. Basic research includes computational, behavioral, physiological, and biochemical analyses to understand the mechanisms of social organization of a bee colony. Current applied research focuses on the impact of parasites (such as Nosema apis, Varroa destructor) on physiology and foraging behavior of worker bees, and on devising better control strategies for these threats to Michigan's beekeeping industry.

  • Native Plants and Ecosystem Services

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This Website provides information and recommendations for habitat management that include maintaining or planting species that provide floral resources in or near crop fields, orchards and vineyards. Resources available include: Plant fact sheets; images; regional plant lists; publications; and teaching tools.

  • Pollinator Health Meetings (March 2019)

    Dates:

    • March 5, 2019: Noon - 2:00 pm
    • March 7, 2019: Noon - 2:00 pm
    • March 11, 2019: 10:00 am - Noon

    Location:

    • March 5, 2019: NW Research Center, 6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
    • March 7, 2019: MSU Extension Ottawa County Office, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460
    • March 11, 2019: Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

    Description:

    MSU Extension educators and researchers are partnering to present the Pollinator Health Meetings, to discuss projects that MSU staff are working on and the opportunities in your area for supporting pollinators. This is part of a USDA funded project running for the next three years that aims to support honey bees, wild bees and monarch populations across Michigan. Please join us for a short presentation of current projects, followed by a discussion with extension educators and researchers on how we can support and build local efforts towards pollinator health in your region.

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