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 apiary ambitions. University of Minnesota Extension Educators are excited to bring you 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. Join us February 1-3 from 1:30-2:30 pm each afternoon for this free webinar.
Tuesday, February 1st: Pollinators and beekeeping: what’s the difference? – UMN Extension Educator Claire LaCanne, Rice and Steele Counties
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. Extension Educator Claire LaCanne will highlight the goals of beekeeping and promoting pollinators and guide you through the differences.
Wednesday, February 2nd: Honey bee production: the tiniest livestock-- Dr. Katie Lee, UMN Extension Educator in Apiculture
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 will be helping guide you in the beginning steps of beekeeping.
Thursday, February 3rd: Actions to help pollinators-- Dr. Elaine Evans, UMN Extension Professor and Researcher in Native 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.