2016 Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

The 2016 Quad Cities Pollinator Conference was hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nahant Marsh and planned by representatives from several organizations concerned with pollinator health.

They invited researchers, educators, small and large farmers, governmental agencies, conservation workers, backyard gardeners, and chemical companies to make the conference an open dialogue that focused on all facets of the problem and explores solutions.

There has been a significant pollinator decline over the past few decades. Pollinators are necessary to ensure our food supply. This symposium covered plant-pollinator relationships, pollinator decline, and how everyday citizens, farmers, and landowners, can make a difference. 

Ways to Connect

A panel of experts from the Pollinator Conference answer questions.

Speaker: Dr. Chip Taylor, Founder and Director of Monarch Watch, Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas

2015: A Year in Bees

Jul 5, 2016

Speaker: Andrew Joseph, State of Iowa Apiarist, Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Speaker: Tamara Smith, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Speaker: Mike Heller, Agronomist, Office of Design, Iowa Department of Transportation

Speaker: Cody Considine, Restoration Ecologist, Nachusa Grasslands

Speaker: Julia McGuire, Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers

Speaker: Eric Schmechel, Urban Conservationist, Dubuque County Soil and Water Conservation District

Speaker: Andy Parer, City of Rock Island Public Works

Speaker: Michele Colopy, Pollinator Stewardship Council