Succeeding with pollinator plantings workshop is Sept. 20

SOUTH PARIS — “Succeeding with Pollinator Plantings: the Bees, the Bugs and the Basics,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday Sept. 20, at Hooker Family Farm, 195 Pleasant St., Oxford.
The workshop is sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Oxford County, Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Those participating will learn about the pollinators and beneficial insects helping to make food systems work. Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will cover the basics of who is who in the pollinator world, why people should care and the status of the insects. Participants will learn about basic management strategies from the easy to the hard that can help pollinators, including how to successfully establish those tricky wildflower meadows. If the weather is amenable, participants will have the opportunity to catch live native bees, try to identify them and learn about the species that were collected.
The program fee is $10 per family. To register, for more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jean Federico at the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District: 207-744-3119; (email is preferred).