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Pollinator advocates gather


Anyone interested in pollinators and Monarch butterflies should plan to attend the Texas Pollinator Pow Wow on Sept. 19 and 20 at the Schreiner University Event Center, 2100 San Antonio Highway, in Kerrville.
Cost is $75 for both days and includes buffet lunch. To register by Sept. 5, visit www.texaspollinatorpowwow.org. One-day tickets are available for $45.
Past workshops have drawn participants from across Texas and the United States to network and learn about pollinators, their habitats and native plants, as well as the work being done to improve pollinator and Monarch butterfly habitats and how to overcome the decline of species.
About three dozen pollinator-related exhibitors, featuring live bats, honeybees and a monarch butterfly tent, will be on hand to answer questions, showcase their pollinator resources and share their organization's work. A raffle of pollinator-related items will also be held, with funds going towards hosting future events.
"With one in every three bites of food dependent on a pollinator, most farmers depend on these creatures to keep them in business," said Ricky Linex, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wildlife biologist and one of the event coordinators.
Linex will moderate a question and answer panel of landowner conservationists who will share their practical experiences on land programs and techniques with the audience. Linex's popular plant identification book, Range Plants of North Central Texas, will also be available at the pollinator conference.
For more information on the Texas Pollinator Pow Wow, visit www.texaspollinatorpowwow.org or https://www.facebook.com/texaspollinatorpowwow.