CSU, Chico News

Final MWOW Lecture Explores Pollinator Conservation on Farms

Date: 04-27-2012

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director

530-898-4121 rteasdale@csuchico.edu

Debra Johnson, Marketing Committee

530-898-4690, dejohnson@csuchico.edu

Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director

530-898-4143, jwills@csuchico.edu

Gateway Science Museum’s spring 2012 Museum Without Walls Lecture Series concludes May 2 with a focus on collaborative pollinator conservation efforts. Two experts from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss how local partnerships are enhancing agriculture with pollinators.

Rachael Morgan, a soil conservationist, and Tom Moore, state wildlife biologist, will highlight an ongoing NRCS partnership with the Xerces Society and local resource conservation districts to provide training on native bees and their habitat requirements. On the local level, farmers have been able to reap the benefits of NRCS assistance to enhance habitat for pollinators. From cover crops to integrated pest management, pollinators are benefitted from the good stewardship of local farmers. Some examples of projects completed by farmers here in Butte County will be showcased.

Morgan is a soil conservationist in the Butte County Field Office in Oroville. She has been in this position offering technical assistance to farmers, ranchers and timber producers for five years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in rangeland resource science, option in wildland soils from Humboldt State University.

Moore has been working as a biologist for NRCS in California for 10 years. Prior to coming to NRCS, Moore worked for two years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program out of the Sacramento office. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in conservation ecology from University of California, Davis.

The lecture is on Wednesday and begins at 7:30 p.m. at the CARD Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave., Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with ID are free. A question-and-answer period will follow each program.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.