Flies are regarded as the second most important group of pollinators next to bees. Also, many are important beneficial insects in terms of controlling pests, yet we rarely think about them in our plantings. This presentation will discuss fly diversity and their importance in our gardens and farms and how to create habitat for them. Also to be discussed are some natural ways to control an unwanted fly—the mosquito.
The webinar, to be held via Zoom, will be 45 minutes including a question and answer session. The webinar will be recorded, and sent to all registrants as well as posted to our YouTube channel.
Ed is the Director of Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation (CNPC), serves as the Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Bumblebee Specialist Group, Co-Chairs the Bumble Bee Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and is on the Steering Committees of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, Keystone Monarch Collaborative and Missourians for Monarchs Collaborative and the Science Advisory Council of Field to Market. Through the CNPC, Ed has also begun working with Native American Tribes and Nations through an initiative called Native Foods, Native Peoples, Native Pollinators.
Photo by Bruce Schuette