Photo by Loy Elliott

BEE WELL: NATIVE POLLINATORS AND THE WORKING LANDSCAPES OF SOUTH MOUNTAIN

Bees, wasps and other native pollinators provide fascinating and critical services to the diversity of South Mountain ecosystems. Alex Surcica, lead horticulture consultant for the Cumberland Valley Cooperative Association, presented on his research to document native pollinators and to discuss alarming trends in populations of these overlooked by critically important insects. Most of the food we eat depends upon pollinators, but a to-date unexplained “Colony Collapse Disorder” is causing pollinator populations to plummet across the country. A panel discussion to conclude the evening focused on what can be done to maintain and increase populations of these essential insects.

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