Dr. David Biddinger of Penn State Extension will lead this field day looking at pollinators, both native and introduced, in the orchard. Participants will learn to identify major pollinators in tree fruit, including native bee species, and will be given an overview of Integrated Crop Pollination by Emily May, of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Conserving pollinators while managing pests will also be discussed, as will exploration of plantings used to attract and provide habitat for desirable pollinator species. Finally, Jim Gillis, NRCS State Biologist, will speak on cost-share options for establishing and managing pollinator habitats. This half-day event includes lunch, and qualifies for pesticide recertification training credits in categories 1, 2, and 18.