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October 4-6, 2013

Humboldt State University

Scott Hoffman Black

Bringing Back the Pollinators: What we can all do to protect these essential creatures

Scott Black has degrees in ecology, plant science and entomology from Colorado State University. He has worked as a researcher, conservationist and teacher. For over twenty years he has directed small groups and large coalitions advocating science-based conservation. He has written many scientific and popular publications and his work has been featured in newspaper, on radio and television, and in two books by the National Geographic Society. He is also on the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Geos Institute.Pollinators are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. Despite their recognized importance, some pollinators are in decline. The reasons for this are difficult to pinpoint, but the loss of floral diversity and habitats from our landscapes is a major concern. Increasing urbanization, expansion of intensive agriculture, invasive plants, widespread use of pesticides, climate change, and disease and parasites all play a role.The good news is that there are steps we all can take to increase the resilience of pollinator populations to cope with changes in our environment. Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, outline the groups of insects that provide pollination services in North America, and present straightforward actions that each and every one of us can take to protect and provide habitat for pollinators.

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