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Join CDFA in Celebration of National Pollinator Week, June 22-28, 2020

In honor of National Pollinator Week, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross will kick off a webinar on Thursday, June 25, 2020 entitled, “California’s Efforts to Restore and Protect Pollinator Populations.” The webinar, set for 10-11:30 a.m. PT, will feature a panel of experts discussing pollinators in California’s agricultural and native ecosystems.

“Pollinators – including bees, birds, butterflies and bats – keep our natural and agricultural systems productive and play a key role in maintaining biodiversity,” said Secretary Ross. “Many pollinator species are suffering due to climate change, loss of habitat and other challenges, but we’re pleased to share the many efforts taking place across California to protect these valuable ecological contributors.”

Specifically, webinar presentations will address the critical roles of native bees, honeybees and monarch butterflies, the challenges they face and efforts to restore and enhance their populations. Secretary Ross will be joined by representatives from California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), CDFA’s Bee Safe Program, UC Davis’ Department of Entomology, Almond Board of California, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts and The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7851430422347775502.

Also as part of this week’s celebration, CDFA will release three new videos on its @ClimateSmartNews Twitter feed. The videos feature pollinators and healthy soils (above), CDFA’s Bee Safe Program and, in partnership with CDFW, supporting native pollinator habitats.

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