Creating Pollinator Habitats and Conservation Partnerships Webinar
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County presents: Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series. A Zoom webinar (60-minutes or less) featuring a variety of horticultural and natural resource topics relevant to the environmental conditions and residential concerns of Gila County, Arizona.
Featured Topic: Creating Pollinator Habitats and Conservation Partnerships
Featured Speaker: Ann George is a conservation ecologist with over 13 years of experience working with domestic and international industry leaders and conservation experts on biodiversity management. Ms. George has provided guidance on emerging tools and technologies for natural resource management, as well as assisted active and discontinued operations with managing their property in an ecologically-sustainable manner. Ms. George conceives of, coordinates and helps implement voluntary biodiversity projects for Freeport-McMoRan, while leveraging those opportunities to for STEM and environmental education. In her role as Senior Biodiversity Scientist, Ms. George helps develop and facilitate productive relationships between Freeport-McMoRan and numerous non-profit and community partners to promote the longevity and sustainability of conservation projects.
Webinar Overview: Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, bats and numerous other insect species are vital to the functioning of natural and agricultural ecosystems. It is estimated that managed and wild pollinators help pollinate over 75% of both our flowering plants and cultivated crops. Freeport-McMoRan maintains a commitment to conserving these critical pollinators through the company’s corporate Pollinator Conservation Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to increase habitat for pollinators, while providing learners of all ages with opportunities to engage in STEM education. Building diverse partnerships with conservation experts and community stakeholders have been key to the success of this initiative, ensuring that pollinator conservation/education projects achieve greater longevity and sustainability. This presentation will touch on the basic elements required to create a successful pollinator habitat, drawing from our ~10 years of experience creating gardens of various types and sizes in the arid Southwest. We will also explore several case studies of how Freeport has leveraged our conservation efforts with partners to promote pollinator-focused education and outreach activities, such as Earth Day celebrations, pollinator workshops and hands-on planting events in the field.
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