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Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Jun 18, 2012

Are you thinking bumble bees are a bad deal? I know I always did, cause I usually got stung a few times each year while growing up on the farm. But recently it has come to light how important native bees are for pollinating. They not only pollinate native wildflowers, trees and shrubs, but they also pollinate our gardens and some crops grown here in the Midwest. The pollination services that bees provide to the food growing regions of this country is worth billions of dollars.

Did you know that Missouri has over 400 species of native bees? To help us understand bees a little better, the Xerces Society has developed a publication called Conserving Bumble Bees. The publication provides information on several common species of bumble bees and discusses how to manage habitat for them. You will recoginize some of the same practices described that we recommend for quail, rabbits and songbirds.

Celebrate National Pollinator Week and learn about bees. You can do something for bees no matter if you live in the city or the country.





2012 Brood update: Hi Bill, just wanted to pass along a brood update experience to you. I was out at a friends farm 5 Miles North of Savannah last Thursday evening. We were hiking around a small new hidey hole clover food plot, trying to make a decision on spraying or mowing during these oppressive heat and drought conditions. We walked into 3 turkey hens all with broods of 10 -12 poults a piece all bugging in the same area of less than 1/10 acre. The first hen we jumped had poults that were bigger than chickens and flew off a great distance away. Then 2nd hen did an awesome broken wing act in one direction while her poults that looked to be less than a week old scampered off into the timber edge. When I went over and tried to get a count on her dozen or so youngin's, I walked into another hen with poults about the size of a bantam hen. I found it very interesting on the different sizes of all 3 broods and the great number of poults with each hen.

Hey Bill, I was out the next day spraying some Sericia Lespedeza and MF rose and walked right in the middle of a nice brood of baby Quail, probably 10 or more little ones and I think two adults. This was about a month earlier from when I jumped a brood last year. And somewhat suprisingly, they were right in the middle of a bunch of rank fescue, even though there was some really nice NWSG all around them. Go figure!!

Thanks Jerry and thanks for making the trip.

Another fine job by the folks with MDC and the various NGO's that were involved with this presentation. A good selection of topics as well as very informative hands-on type demonstrations and wagon tours. Nice job!!!

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