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Hubbard County Extension Office presents pollinator webinar series

This three-part series online on Feb. 1-3 will help inform you before starting in honey production or pollinator habitat planning.

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The Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension (U of M) will share a three-part series about "How can I help pollinators? Honey bees, native bees, or both?” from Feb. 1-3.

Are you interested in bees and pollinators, but you don’t know where to begin?

Check out this upcoming webinar series to help guide you in your pollinator plan.

Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension (U of M) Office is hosting the webinar series "How can I help pollinators? Honey bees, native bees, or both?” This three-part series will help inform you before starting in honey production or pollinator habitat planning.

To attend, you must pre-register for this series at z.umn.edu/BeeSeries to receive the webinar links. You only need to register once to receive access to each topic. The Zoom link will be emailed to you immediately after you register. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, you will receive the recording via email after all sessions have been completed.

This series will cover the following topics.

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Pollinators and beekeeping: What’s the difference?

Are you interested in helping pollinator insects or raising them? Though there can be some overlap, these are two separate, distinct goals. Keeping honey bees is like caring for livestock, with the objective of harvesting honey or utilizing their crop pollination services. Helping our native pollinator insects primarily focuses on providing suitable food and habitat for them. U of M Extension educator Claire LaCanne will highlight the goals of beekeeping and promoting pollinators and guide you through the differences from 1:30-2:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Honey bee production: The tiniest livestock

Thinking about becoming a new beekeeper? There are many compelling reasons to keep honey bees, but before beginning the process, it’s helpful to know the honey bee basics. What equipment will you need? When and how do I order my bees? How can I keep my bees happy and healthy? Dr. Katie Lee, a U of M Extension educator in apiculture, will be helping guide you in the beginning steps of beekeeping from 1:30-2:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Actions to help pollinators

Learn about pollinators present in Minnesota and action steps you can take to support pollinator health and diversity. By following four action steps, you can create a haven for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Dr. Elaine Evans, a U of M Extension professor and researcher in Native Pollinators, will speak from 1:30-2:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 3.

For questions about the webinar series or assistance with registration, email tarahy@umn.edu or call 218-732-3391 at the Hubbard County U of M Extension Office.

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