U of I Plans Pollinator Summit Feb. 26-27 to Explore Insects, Issues, History
February 19, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 18, 2020 — The Pollinator Summit Feb. 26-27 will feature experts from the University of Idaho, Moscow-area groups and the San Diego Natural History Museum to consider the status and history of pollinators and their habitats, and efforts to sustain them.
Organized by U of I Extension, the summit will address issues facing pollinators and the screening of pollinator films at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre at 508 S. Main St., Moscow.
U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Michael Parrella will talk during the Wednesday program about the importance of pollinators and the issues facing them.
Events will be held 1:30–6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Latah County Fairgrounds and Events Center at 2021 Harold St., Moscow.
Thursday’s agenda will include presentations by Pamela Brunsfeld, U of I Stillinger Herbarium retired collection manager and botany instructor, and Ron McPeak, San Diego Natural History Museum entomology department associate.
The summit will include an afterschool program for youth from 3:15–5 p.m. at the fairgrounds, including a photo booth sponsored by the Moscow Middle School Earth Club.
McPeak is an expert on West Coast scarab beetles from Baja to the Pacific Northwest. He collected scarab beetles throughout the world in his spare time during his career as a marine biologist, professional diver and underwater photographer.
McPeak recently donated 13,000 specimens of exotic scarabs to the U of I agricultural college’s William F. Barr Entomological Museum collection. Some of the most spectacular specimens will be on display during the afterschool program.
Other speakers include: Luc Leblanc, entomological museum curator; Iris Mayes, U of I Extension, Latah County agriculture educator; Dulce Kersting-Lark, Latah County Historical Society director; Jamie Jovanovich-Walker, Palouse Land Trust; Subodh Adhikari, a U of I Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology Department researcher; and Gerry Queener, Palouse Prairie native plant expert.
Cooperators include Latah County, Rural Roots, Palouse Sustainability Coalition, Unitarian Church, City of Moscow and Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute.
Idaho and Washington pesticide applicator education credits will be available for Wednesday’s and Thursday’s sessions.
The summit events will be free and open to the public. More information and registration is available at email@example.com or 208-883-2267.
Bill Loftus Science writer, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 208-885-7694 firstname.lastname@example.org
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