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
- The Xerces Society
- North American Pollinator Protection Campaignand Pollinator Partnership
- The University of Minnesota Bee Lab
- Restoring the Landscape blogand "Pollinators of Native Plants" (book) from Minnesota photographer/landscaper Heather Holm
Pollinator-Friendly Plant Lists for Minnesota
- MNDNR's draft Pollinator Resource Values for Upland & Wetland Prairies tables (single page format) and printable booklet (formatted for two-sided printing on 8.5" x 14" paper)
- Xerces Society Plant Lists
- University of Minnesota's Plants for Pollinators
Gardening Resources, Restoration Funding & Restoration Evaluation
- Xerces Society.
- Heather Holm. Restoring the Landscape blogand "Pollinators of Native Plants" (book) .
- List of projectsfrom the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. See Incorporating Pollinator Habitat into Conservation Projectsfor funding options.
Citizen Science Opportunities for Pollinator Research
- Wild Ones Oak Openings Region Chapter Report your monarch butterfly sightings
- UMN & Karen Oberhauser Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
- UMN & Elaine Evans Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey.
- UMN & Joel Gardner Wild Bees and Building Wild Bee Houses
Pollinator Education and Outreach
- Jan Welsh. DNR. Project Wild: pollinator curriculum.
- What's the Buzz about Pollinators and Roadsides? poster.
- Crystal Boyd. DNR. List of Actions for Local City Planners
Pollinator Reports and Legislation
- Xerces Society. Pollinator Conservation in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 2013 Pollinator Legislation page.
- Board of Water and Soil Resources. See BWSR Pollinator Plan
- Minnesota Statute 84.973 Pollinator Habitat Program
DNR Research About Pollinators
- Catherine Reed. DNR. Surveys in the 1990s. Reports from 1993, 1995, and 1996.
- Crystal Boyd (Minnesota Biological Survey) Minnesota's grassland bees website.
- Scott Haire, Science Museum of Minnesota permit to collect through MNDNR. Permit to conduct surveys for Perdita perpallida at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA in 2013.
- Robert Dana. Minnesota Biological Survey. Surveys for butterflies and moths in Minnesota prairies.
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) - Funded Pollinator Projects
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- LCCMR Pollinator Projects (starting July 1, 2013)
- Marla Spivak. UMN. LCCMR 2012 proposal: 002-A-Bee Lawns: A Unique Way to Help Pollinators. (funding ends June 2016)
- LCCMR Pollinator Projects (starting July 1, 2014)
- Gerda Nordquist, Crystal Boyd. MNDNR. 006-A Wild Bee Surveys in Prairie-Grassland Habitats
- Erik Runquist, Robert Dana. Minnesota Zoo. 017-A Prairie Butterfly Conservation, Research and Breeding Program
- Matt Holland. Pheasants Forever. 072-C Minnesota Pollinator Partnership
- Peter Moe. UMN Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 073-C Bee Discovery Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
- Marla Spivak, Clarence Lehman, Colleen Satyshur. UMN. 146-F Achieving Pollinator Landscapes with the Greatest Multiple Benefits (title changed to: Enhancing Pollinator Landscapes)
- Vera Krischik. UMN. 151-F Protecting Bees by Understanding Systemic Insecticides
- Summary of the current LCCMR pollinator projects recommended for funding.
- LCCMR Pollinator Projects Recommended for Funding (starting July 1, 2015)
- Rob Blair. Minnesota Master Naturalists/Bell Museum/DNR. 011-A Minnesota Native Bee Atlas: A Citizen Science Project.
- Buck Wiley, Sarah Foltz Jordan. Great River Greening/Xerces Society. 121-F MeCC VIII: Restoration for Climate Resilience, Pollinators, Working Lands.
- Karen Oberhauser. UMN. 009-A Effects of Grazing Versus Fire for Prairie Management (including Pollinators)