The Kerr Center Ranch and Farm is conserving habitat for native pollinators (native bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds, etc.) and is establishing pollinator-friendly landscapes using native plants.
We are sponsoring educational events and creating educational resources for landowners, agriculturists and conservationists to use. See the publications, slide shows and FAQs on this website
Why? With the ongoing decline in numbers of honeybee colonies, we need native pollinators to provide pollination of food crops. (See Native Pollinator FAQs.)
But, native pollinators also face threats from many sources, including insecticides, intensive farming/ranching practices and urban development.
While native pollinator habitat has been studied and promoted in different regions of the United States, limited work has been done in the eastern Oklahoma region.
Learn About: Pollinators
Habitat for Pollinators & a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA
1) Implement plantings at the Kerr Center Ranch to use in outdoor classrooms for students, teachers and NRCS employees to learn proper planting, plant identification, and management techniques for native pollinator habitat.
Plantings focus on plants native to Eastern Oklahoma and those associated with native pollinators.
2) Install a stabilized stream crossing point within the riparian area native pollinator habitat, to demonstrate the establishment of native pollinator habitat within a working ranch program.
”I applied for the native pollinator grant from the USDA’s NRCS out of concern for the problems honeybees were experiencing. Also, the drastic decline in bumblebee populations is a cause for concern,” says David Redhage, Director of Ranch Operations.
The 4,000 acres of the Kerr Ranch offer a wide diversity of habitats for native plants and the pollinators attracted to them.
Since 2011, we have established native plants in pastures, in horticulture plots, and in landscape beds . We have photo-documented these plants and the pollinators that visit them.
This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-7335-1-21.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.