Field Notes April 2020
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, we hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy. Please check our page of pandemic resources for farmers and ranchers to help your operation weather this crisis.
The monarch butterflies currently fluttering northward through the state are a sign that many essential services – including pollination – can’t shut down for coronavirus. Fortunately, there are many things you can do, even during social distancing, to support the monarchs and other pollinators. David Redhage explains how even something as simple as changing how you mow your lawn can help. In addition:
For those with livestock acreage, Okies for Monarchs has a new guide to best management practices for monarch habitat on rangelands.
COVID-19 may not infect insects, but it can still harm them indirectly if the shutdown forces out of business the nurseries and seed houses that supply pollinator plants. Find and support local native plant nurseries.
NRCS programs can help you with pollinator plantings and management – and maybe even help pay for them.Field Notes – April 2020 (PDF, 500 KB)