Declines in the number of domestic honey bees that began nearly a decade ago have led to increased interest in the “other” pollinators and what can be done by gardeners to promote and enhance the pollinator community on which much of our varied food supply depends. The 94% decline in the number of monarch butterflies (1996 to 2014) similarly has people wondering what they can do to help. What have you done for pollinators and butterflies lately? What more could you do? What more should you do? These and other questions and issues will be explored by Dr. Donald Lewis, ISU Extension & Outreach Entomologist. Be sure to bring your insect-related observations, anecdotes and questions for the Q&A.
Donald Lewis is a Professor and Extension Entomologist with the Iowa State University Department of Entomology. Dr. Lewis is responsible for outreach education on insect pest management in turfgrass, trees and shrubs, fruit, vegetables and households.
Des Moines Audubon meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the lunchroom of the Northwest Community Center, which is located at 51st and Franklin Avenue in Des Moines. The Center is just west of Franklin Library. There is ample parking and the building is accessible. If you have questions about the meeting place or the program, please contact Jane Clark at 515-223-5047 or firstname.lastname@example.org .