Migratory Pollinators Program

Education in Schools
Presentations including talks, hands on activities, and field trips were given at many schools in southern Arizona and western Mexico including Jalisco, Sinaloa, and Sonora.  The Education Outreach Program also conducted training workshops for teachers throughout Sonora and Arizona.

Community Education
Education materials were distributed and presentations were made to community members at a variety of community centers including libraries, museums, civic centers, restaurants, Bed & Breakfasts, ranches, clubs, etc.  Local residents and business owners were encouraged to pass out materials to tourists and other residents as well as collect data for the Migratory Pollinators Program.

Pollinator Gardens
Encouragement of nectar-rich resource oases has been an emphasis of the Outreach Program.  The Migratory Pollinator Program promotes the establishment of pollinator gardens as habitats that can provide shelter, food, and water for migratory species.  These gardens are used as observation sites for research and provide an opportunity to educate local communities and encourage participation in conservation efforts.

Workshops and Conferences Attended by Outreach Staff

The Education and Community Outreach portion of this program has been an outstanding success.  We were overwhelmed with the positive responses from students, teachers, local landowners, businesses, and civic groups.  Interest in pollinator issues and a desire to participate in research and conservation efforts exists across the entire migratory pollinator region.  Teachers traveled great distances to attend the workshops and frequently parents came to school with their children to hear the presentations.  Businesses, landowners, and civic groups were eager to offer their knowledge of local natural history and to hang hummingbird feeders, plant pollinator gardens, and pass out literature. 

Our education efforts have served to focus attention on the importance of pollinators and the role of local people in the preservation of pollinator habitats.  We have been able to provide information and assistance in the creation of community-based data gathering and monitoring.  We plan to continue supporting community efforts to develop sustainable practices along migratory corridors and to reinforcing the importance of community action in conservation.

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Retrieved from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum web site on 04-24-2024