Are you interested in supporting pollinator health in Michigan? Local MSU extension educators are partnering with MSU researchers to hold three events to discuss projects that MSU staff are working on and opportunities in your area for supporting pollinators. This is part of a USDA funded project that aims to support honey bees, wild bees and monarch populations across Michigan.

We are looking to have constructive discussions with beekeepers, growers, conservation districts, land managers, utility companies, road and drain commissions, and others with the potential to support pollinator health.

Please join us for a short presentation of project results, followed by a discussion with extension educators and researchers on how we can use current findings to support and build on local efforts to improve pollinator health in your region.

Each of these meetings will last for two hours, and will have a similar schedule. The event will open with sign in and a short introduction, followed by a research update presentation by MSU staff, followed by a discussion of the locally-relevant approaches to improving pollinator health. We are looking for input from a range of local stakeholders interested in improving pollinator health and conservation. We particularly welcome those that were able to attend prior meetings in spring 2018.

The meetings are free and lunch will be provided. The schedule for these meetings is listed below. Please register and indicate which event you will be attending for us to appropriately supply refreshments.

Date: March 5         
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Location: NW Research Center, 6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
Contact: Duke Elsner; phone: 231-922-4822, email: 

Date: March 7
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Location: MSU Extension Ottawa County Office, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460
Contact: Carlos Garcia-Salazar; phone: 616-994-4580, email:

Date: March 11
Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Contact: Ben Phillips; phone: 989-758-2502, email:


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For additional information information contact Duke Elsner; phone: 231-922-4822, email:, Carlos Garcia-Salazar; phone: 616-994-4580, email:, or Ben Phillips; phone: 989-758-2502, email: