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Credit: Marilyn Kircus, USFWS Volunteer

2012 Pollinator Challenge

Congratulations to the Southwest Region, the 2012 Service Pollinator Champion!  

In the Southwest Region, over 20 field stations participated in the Challenge.  The Southeast Region and Pacific Southwest Region followed closely behind the Southwest Region in point totals – all earned over 1000 points!!


What is the Pollinator Challenge?

A challenge to USFWS Regions to include pollinator conservation and education in ongoing activities. Each Region earned points during the Challenge period for these activities. The Region with the most points at the end of the Challenge was declared the 2012 Service Pollinator Champion and won recognition as leaders in pollinator conservation and education.

The USFWS is involved because some pollinator populations are declining with the most probable causes being habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, disease, and misuse of pesticides. The Challenge was a success because we increased our pollinator conservation and education activities in most categories over those reported in 2011.


Credit: USFWS
Big Muddy NFWR, MO

Filling bee bowl trap for sampling bees.

2012 was another “buzzy” year for the Pollinator Challenge! Activities this year included:

  • Nearly 30 native bee surveys
  • Over 30 surveys for butterflies & moths
  • Approximately 30 surveys of other or multiple pollinators
  • Nearly 80 habitat enhancements
  • Over 40 pollinator garden enhancements
  • Over 40 new pollinator gardens & schoolyard habitats

Credit: USFWS
Big Muddy NFWR, MO

Identifying bees collected during surveys.


Credit: Elizabeth Ciuzio, USFWS
New Jersey Field Office, NJ

NJ restoration site including wildflowers to support pollinators.


Credit: Laurel Devaney, USFWS
Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Office, AK

Fairbanks Alaska Youth for Habitat Program installing pollinator plants as part of their rain garden project.


Credit: Cody Stone, USFWS
Alligator River NWR, NC

Setting out to conduct the first pollinator inventory on Alligator River NWR.


Credit: Candace Martino, USFWS
North Florida ES Office, FL

From pollinator presentation - Female ruby-throated hummingbird, St. Augustine, FL.


Credit: Heidi Newsome, USFWS
Mid-Columbia River NWRC, WA

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex Native bee survey: Sweat bee (Agapostemon sp.) on Cusick's sunflower (Helianthus cusickii)


Credit: Candace Martino, USFWS
North Florida ES Office, FL

From pollinator presentation - Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly sipping nectar in St. Augustine, FL


Credit: Dolores Savignano, USFWS
Headquarters

Pollinator display at the Pollinator Festival on the National Mall.

But Wait! There’s More!

  • Approximately 55 new educational brochures and exhibits
  • Over 30 print and web articles
  • 9 pollinator workshops
  • 6 art contests and exhibits
  • Over 300 outreach events
  • Nearly 100 Tweets & Facebook posts!!

Credit: Jennifer Jewett, USFWS
Des Lacs NWR, ND

Teacher Workshop on Pollinators at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge.


Credit: Carla Burnside, USFWS
Malheur NWR, OR

Pollinator display at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.


Credit: Dolores Savignano, USFWS
Headquarters

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at Pollinator Festival on the National Mall.


Credit: Carla Burnside, USFWS
Malheur NWR, OR

Presentation on butterflies at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.


Credit: Heidi Newsome, USFWS
Mid-Columbia River NWRC, WA

Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex Native bee survey: Bumble bee (Bombus morrisoni) on purple sage (Salvia dorrii).


Credit: Jerome Barksdale, USFWS
North Florida ES Office, FL

USFWS pollinator display at Jacksonville Zoo for Endangered Species Day.


Credit: Jennifer Jewett, USFWS
Des Lacs NWR, ND

Library Group Pollinator Tour at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge

2011 Pollinator Challenger Activities and Photos


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