Teens advocate for pollinators in Nebraska
An understanding of beneficial insects’ role in agriculture and urban landscapes is critical to plant diversity and a sustainable food supply. University of Nebraska Extension developed partnerships with Lincoln and York school districts, Pheasants Forever, Kimmel Foundation, Girl Scouts of Nebraska and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to create the 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program, which reached 3,000 youths.
Of those surveyed, 94% understood why protecting pollinators and increasing their habitat is important to our food supply, 77% responded they know how to create and protect pollinator habitats, and 77% responded they understand how to create and protect pollinator habitats. More than half (56%) of youths participating in the program were Hispanic or Latino, aiding in reaching underserved youths.
“I see pollinators everywhere now! It has really opened my eyes to how vast and important pollinators are. Land and range management has taken on a different look to me after participating in this event,” wrote one participant.
Link to full statement on website: https://extension.unl.edu/impact/