General Information on Pollinators

On Friday, April 25, Eddi Minche presented a talk on pollinators. Below are a few of the points made during her talk. In addition, there is a list of links to websites where you can learn more.

  • There are over 4,000 species of bees in North America.
  • Over 80 species of bees pollinate cranberries in New England
  • Over 100 species of bees pollinate cranberries in Wisconsin
  • Below are links to a few websites on pollinators. In the future this webpage may be deleted, but the links will be on the website.

    The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.

    The Pollinator Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization-- the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Without the actions of pollinators agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse.

    The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. We were created in 1989 to build UW sustainable agriculture research programs that respond to farmer and citizen needs…and involve them in setting research agendas. This means that human relationships are at the core of everything we do.

    BeeLab is a research and education facility on the OARDC campus of Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio. Our program is dedicated to bee research and outreach on topics related to honey bees and wild bees.