Pollinators and Roadsides

With more than 10 million acres of land in roadsides in the United States alone, transportation rights-of-way are a significant, yet often overlooked, resource for pollinator conservation. In landscapes denuded of natural areas by large scale agriculture or urbanization, roadsides are an increasingly important component of regional habitat networks. They frequently support native vegetation, providing refuge for wildlife and connecting fragmented habitat. The wildlife living on roadsides touches communities in every state, province, and county of North America.

Pollinators and Roadsides: Managing Roadsides for Bees and Butterflies provide a concise overview of the conservation potential of roadside habitat and offer practical information on how to maximize the value of these areas for pollinators while meeting basic traffic safety requirements.

These guidelines synthesize the previous study of native bees in roadside rights-of-way conducted by Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Society’s Midwest pollinator outreach coordinator. Jennifer’s research demonstrated that bees were twice as abundant on roadsides with native prairie vegetation than on those dominated by nonnative plants, and that native roadsides supported a third more bee species than roadsides with nonnative plants.

Pollinator Short Courses to be Given in 36 States

New Hampshire Pollinator Short Course
Tuesday June 15th, 2010
University of New Hampshire Extension, Boscawen, NH
Lead by Eric Mader, National Pollinator Outreach Coordinator

This day-long short course will equip conservationists, land managers, farm educators, and agricultural professionals with the latest science-based approaches to increasing crop security and reversing the trend of pollinator decline, especially in heavily managed agricultural landscapes. Read more.

New York Pollinator Short Course
Thursday September 23rd, 2010
Corning, NY
Lead by Eric Mader, National Pollinator Outreach Coordinator

This day-long short course will equip conservationists, land managers, farm educators, and agricultural professionals with the latest science-based approaches to increasing crop security and reversing the trend of pollinator decline, especially in heavily managed agricultural landscapes. Read more.

Additional Pollinator Short Courses
2010 - 2010

Future Short Pollinator Conservation Short Courses are currently in the planning stages in many states, including California, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alaska, Hawaii, and West Virginia. Read more.