UNH Kicks Off National Pollinator Week with Pollinator Appreciation Day June 19

Activities Include Pollinator Open House, Research Field Day, and Twilight Meeting

Monday, May 22, 2017
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Lupine grow in a wildflower meadow research area at the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. Credit: UNH

The University of New Hampshire will kick off National Pollinator Week with its Pollinator Appreciation Day Monday, June 19, 2017. The event includes a Pollinator Open House and Twilight Meeting/Research Field Day at the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, home to the UNH Bee Hotel, extensive wildflower plantings, and a research site for the first assessment of the Granite State’s native bee species.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior have designated June 19-25, 2017, as National Pollinator Week, a celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles. The UNH events are sponsored by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, and are free and open to the public. No preregistration is required. They are co-hosted by UNH Cooperative Extension.

Pollinator Appreciation Day begins with Pollinator Open House from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about bee diversity and sustainability, bee gardens, wildflower meadows for pollinators, and protecting pollinators from pesticides. This part of the event is ideal for gardeners, families, and youth.

Following the Pollinator open house, agricultural scientists conducting experiment station-funded research will discuss their ongoing research at Woodman Farm as part of a Research Field Day for growers, from 5 p.m. to 7  p.m. Researchers will discuss overwintering onions, domesticating cold-hardy kiwiberries as a new fruit crop for New Hampshire, best practices for cultivating day neutral strawberry, best varieties and cultivation practices for table grapes, growing different varieties of peppers, controlling cabbage aphid on Brussel sprouts, and using marker-assisted breeding to improve strawberries.

Bees are important pollinators of food crops and natural ecosystems. The value of pollination to agriculture is estimated at more than $200 billion a year worldwide. The abundance of and diversity of pollinators are declining in many agricultural landscapes across the United States. Given this importance, widespread declines in pollinator diversity have led to concern about a global pollinator crisis. The National Research Council has called for regional, national, and international monitoring programs to allow tracking the status and trends of pollinators.

The Woodman Horticultural Research Farm is located at the northwest edge of the UNH campus at 70 Spinney Lane in Durham. For directions, visit http://colsa.unh.edu/nhaes/woodman.

The NH Agricultural Experiment Station is committed to accommodating those with special needs. If you need special services, please call the NHAES Communications Office in advance so that we can accommodate you. The phone number is 603-862-1452. For TTY calls only, 1-800-RELAY-NH.

Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission. We steward federal and state funding, including support from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to provide unbiased and objective research concerning diverse aspects of sustainable agriculture and foods, aquaculture, forest management, and related wildlife, natural resources and rural community topics. We maintain the Woodman and Kingman agronomy and horticultural research farms, the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, and the Organic Dairy Research Farm. Additional properties also provide forage, forests and woodlands in direct support to research, teaching, and outreach.

Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station