Pollinators play a critical, if often nearly invisible, role in our daily lives. Insects comprise most of the 200,000 pollinator species, but roughly 1,000 are vertebrates such as hummingbirds, bats and small mammals. All told, these pollinators sustain plant species all over the world, including many of our most essential food crops. One in three bites of food and roughly three-quarters of all flowering plants trace directly back to the work of a pollinating species of animal. Join us as we dive into the world of pollinators and understand some of the choices we make as land managers and everyday citizens that can have profound impacts on the pollinator world!
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Meghan Milbrath - Dr. Meghan Milbrath is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative at Michigan State University, a program focused on pollinators and the plants that depend on them. She recently worked at MSU as a postdoctoral research associate in the Entomology Department, studying honey bee diseases. Meghan has been a beekeeper for over 20 years, and owns and manages Bending Sickle Community Farm, a small livestock and queen bee rearing operation in Munith, Michigan. Meghan teaches multiple beekeeping classes; queen rearing courses at Michigan State University; and runs clinics and beekeeping consulting through her apiary. She is the district 2 representative for the Michigan Beekeeping Association, the acting president of the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers, an active member in the South East Michigan Beekeeping Association and the Center of Michigan Beekeeping Association, and the coordinator of the Northern Bee Network, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable beekeeping in northern climates.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.