Interest in pollinators has grown since the term Colony Collapse Disorder appeared in 2006. This phrase refers to the puzzling disappearance of honey bees from their hives. While Colony Collapse Disorder does not affect native pollinators, many of the challenges that face honey bees also affect our native insects. These challenges include pesticide use, habitat loss, pathogens, parasites, climate change, invasive species, and other factors that influence Minnesota's pollinators today.
The Minnesota Legislature passed the Pollinator Habitat Bill (H.F. 976)in 2013. This prompted many organizations and the public to increase their knowledge about pollinators. This page is intended as an inventory of pollinator projects in Minnesota. It will also compile pollinator resources simply and in one place for the public.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has established Pollinator Best Management Practices and Habitat Restoration Guidelines (December, 2014) to manage and enhance pollinator habitat on DNR-managed lands and on state-funded prairie restoration projects. Also included as part of the best management practices guidelines are Grant & Contract Language (December, 2014) as well as Conservation Grazing Dewormer/Insecticide Guidelines.(December, 2014)
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General Information About Pollinators
Pollinator-Friendly Plant Lists for Minnesota
Gardening Resources, Restoration Funding & Restoration Evaluation
Citizen Science Opportunities for Pollinator Research
Pollinator Education and Outreach
Pollinator Reports and Legislation
DNR Research About Pollinators
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