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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Managing Urban Habitats for Pollinators

Conor Fair

Time and Session Location

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Magnolia C

CEUs Available (Pending Approval)



included with conference ticket

What You Will Learn:

Supporting your local pollinator community begins with understanding who they are, what they do, where they live, when they are active, why they are at risk, and how we can help them. We will discuss helpful tricks for spotting different groups of pollinators commonly found in urban gardens. Walking through the complex interactions between pollinators and flowers will help you understand how pollinators perceive their surroundings, which will inform how to best manage habitats intended to support pollinators. Lastly, you will feel energized and enabled to become pollinator promoters in your own communities as you learn why pollinators are at risk and how we can take action to mitigate these potential harms.

More About the Presenter (s):

Conor earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Simpson College. There he studied aquatic invertebrates in head water streams advised by Dr. Clint Meyer. During that time, he also completed a summer REU internship with Drs. Kevin Heinz and Greg Sword at Texas A&M University studying ornamental IPM. From there he earned my master’s degree in Entomology from UGA working with Dr. Kris Braman studying IPM of the Squash Bug. For his dissertation, he worked with Drs. Joe McHugh and Mike Ulyshen at UGA studying pollinator conservation in Southeastern pine forests managed with prescribed fires. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate he worked with Dr. Kris Braman again where he continued studying pollinator conservation in urban habitats and ways to encourage people to adopt pollinator conservation behaviors. He recently started his new job supporting the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as the Assistant Research Scientist in Applied Statistics on the UGA Griffin Campus.

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