Biologist to Present for Smoky Hills Audubon Society
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January 14, 2013
Salina, Kan. – Allen Casey, assistant manager and soil conservationist at the Plant Materials Center of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Elsberry, Missouri, will give a presentation on Thursday, January 17, at Kansas Wesleyan University. The presentation is part of a partnership with the Smoky HIlls Audubon Society.
Casey, an authority on pollinators, will give a presentation entitled, “Help for Declining Native Pollinators – Bees, Bats and Butterflies – Among Others”.
Pollinators provide a very important service to humans by moving pollen between plants. Much of our food supply depends on this service that is essential to the production of the plant product. Recent declines in native pollinating insect populations have sparked more people to grow plants to provide food and habitat for these fascinating animals. Native plants are especially good sources of food to pollinating animals.
Casey will show how we can plant gardens that will help our native pollinators. Allen contributes plant guides and updates to the USDA PLANTS database and has conducted vegetation inventories on range and pasture land throughout the Great Plains. He is also an avid nature photographer. Casey has a Master’s Degree in biology from Fort Hays State University.
The evening begins with a 7pm social and presentation at 7:30pm in room 203 of the Hauptli Student Activities Center. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Marge Streckfus at 785.825.7889