Insects that visit flowers and contribute to plant pollination interact with a wide range of native and horticultural plant species. Their biology and ecology are sensitive to a number of seasonal changes and other environmental features including flower availability, nesting habitat, and disease. In addition, pollinators may be particularly vulnerable to a number of pest practices used in urban and agricultural settings due to their shared biology. This talk will be divided into three sections. The first section will review native pollinator diversity, biology, and ecology, highlighting their importance in the landscape and the most sensitive features of their life cycle. The second part of the talk will discuss how various pest management practices affect pollinators, including the use of particular pesticides as well as other practices used to control plant and animal pests. The third part of the talk will focus on plant species and planting design features that can help create quality pollinator habitat. At the end of this talk attendees should have a familiarity with native pollinator ecology and how various common pest management techniques can be used in ways that also protect local native pollinator populations.
Dr. Kevin Burls has been the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) educator for the University of Nevada Extension since 2015. His specialties include native insects, especially butterflies, and his current work focuses on pollinator health and IPM on Recreational Lands. He is also familiar with native pollinator plants (that is, he pretends to know what he’s talking about). Kevin has lived in the Reno area since 2007 and earned his Ph.D. from UNR in 2014.
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