The Gun Lake Tribe and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will present the Environmental Speaker Series: The Importance of Pollinators on Wednesday May 24, at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Dinner, also free, will follow the presentation at the Luella Collins Community Center, 419 126th Street Shelbyville. Speakers will be from the Gun Lake Tribe and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The decrease in pollinators in the United States over the last 20 years is a very serious concern. The speakers will inform the audience about the important roles bees and other pollinators play in our ecosystem and what we can do to support and protect pollinators.
Attendees will be given a seed packet, or a small flowering plant, both native.
Anneke Vermeulen, a soil conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be part of the presentation. She works with local farmers on conservation plans to manage resources responsibly for both humans and wildlife.
Pollinators are a strong passion of hers and she is looking forward to the opportunity to share her knowledge with the Gun Lake Tribe and all those who attend the May 24 event.