Pollinator Partnership manages various programs that promote pollinator health and provide public and private partners with the tools to get involved. Some key initiatives include Bee Friendly Farming, Pollinator Stewardship Certification Program, Monarch Wings Across America, Project Wingspan and The Honey Bee Health Improvement Project. Below we outline in more detail what these programs are about.
Farmers and beekeepers are on the front line in playing a critical role in pollinators' survival so Bee Friendly Farming is a unique program that provides farmers with criteria and technical support to protect all pollinators through habitat creation and pesticide management practice. Our goal is to expand to 2,000 Bee Friendly Farmers by 2020. Now at 680 registered members, we believe the program can expand dramatically over the next two years with more outreach and local leadership therefore, our goal is to have 2,000 Bee Friendly Farmers registered by 2020.
Through workshops and follow-up programs, Pollinator Stewardship Program helps to train public and private land managers in habitat restoration, land management, plant selection and how to educate others. Our goal by 2020 is to have trained 500 land managers.
The monarch Butterfly, an iconic and culturally significant pollinator is in peril and on the verge of losing its remaining habitat in North America, so Monarch Wings Across America is a project aimed at supporting monarch butterflies through increased habitat creation, research and education. Even more critical and less understood is the Western monarch migration so one of our new initiatives is expanding this program into California. Our goal by 2020 is to have enhanced 100,000 acres of diverse monarch butterfly habitat.
Project Wingspan is a two-year project supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation which is leading a coalition of partners in an effort to enhance land across the Midwest to support our imperiled pollinators. Project Wingspan seeks to increase monarch and rusty patched bumble bee (RPBB) habitat by engaging public land managers and private land stewards throughout 8 states in the Midwest through a series of monarch habitat enhancement activities with the goal of establishing 10,000, acres of monarch and RPBB habitat.
Honey Bees, the mainstay of pollination services in agriculture, face a number of threats including the mysterious disappearance of bees, called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), So The Honey Bee Health Improvement Project's aim is to help honey bees and beekeepers by conducting research on how to improve the health of honey bees and reverse the threats they face.