Horticulturist Amy Yarger to present during education panel on pollinator habitats
Oct. 27, 2017 – WESTMINSTER, Colo. – One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators like bees, butterflies and beetles and without them, there would be no fruits, nuts, vegetables, oils or most flowers! As a member of the Colorado Pollinator Network (CPN), the Butterfly Pavilion is actively working to conserve, protect and create pollinator habitats – in addition to educating communities across the state to protect these vital invertebrates.
To that end, Butterfly Pavilion experts are participating in the second annual Pollinator Summit convened by the Colorado Pollinator Network on Nov. 2, 2017 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The day-long summit will bring together regionally recognized pollinator experts to present and discuss strategies for protecting and managing land to support pollinators in Colorado. This Summit is designed for organizations, agencies, businesses, professionals, educators, growers, land managers, researchers and volunteers actively working to conserve and protect pollinators and their habitats.
Butterfly Pavilion Horticulturist Amy Yarger will be presenting during the morning’s education panel, discussing the restoration of pollinator habitats as a community.
Keynote speakers for the summit include internationally renowned conservationist Scott Hoffman Black and Dr. Linda Scott Cummings. Scott Hoffman Black has been at the forefront of the pollinator conservation movement for two decades. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America. Dr. Linda Scott Cummings is President of PaleoResearch Institute, Inc., which she founded in 1972. She obtained both her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado after founding PRI, and an Honorary Fellow at the Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Tickets for the Pollinator Summit are $35 which includes all programming and lunch. Register at Botanicgardens.org. The full Pollinator Summit Schedule is as follows:
- 8-8:20 a.m. Check-in and Networking
- 8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome with Beth Conrey
- 8:45-9:45 a.m. First Keynote Speaker: Scott Hoffman Black – Bringing Back the Pollinators: An Integrated Landscape Approach to Pollinator Conservation
- 9:45-10:15 a.m. Cooperative Panel: Scott Hoffman Black, Mike Banovich, Senator Fenberg, Kira Mazzola – Pollinating at the Capital: Creating a statewide buzz for pollinators using low cost solutions
- 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Morning Panel Sessions
- 12-1 p.m. Lunch and Networking
- 1-2 p.m. Second Keynote Speaker: Linda Scott Cummings – World travelers without the passport: review of plant’s fingerprints
- 2:15-3:45 p.m. Afternoon Panel Sessions
- 3:45-4:15 p.m. Wrap up
For more information about the Butterfly Pavilion pollinator awareness, conservation and education program (PACE), visit Butterflies.org/pace/.
About Butterfly Pavilion:
Founded in July 1995 and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, non-profit invertebrate zoo in the nation, occupying a 30,000-square foot facility situated on an 11-acre campus provided by the City of Westminster, Colorado. Butterfly Pavilion’s mission is to foster an appreciation of butterflies and other invertebrates while educating the public about the need for conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world. Learn more at www.butterflies.org.
Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion’s important education, research and conservation work at www.butterflies.org
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