What’s all the buzz?

What is the big deal about neonicotinoids? 

How are bees and butterflies affected by these insecticides?

A community discussion titled “What’s the Buzz” will take place at the South St. Paul City Hall, 125 Third Ave. N., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.

Erin Rupp, founder of Pollinate Minnesota, will present information on how people can help save these threatened species.

Bees and other pollinator populations are decreasing due to habitat loss, pesticides and parasites.  Research suggest that there is a link between systemic insecticides that contain neonicotinoids and the die off of plant pollinators including honey bees, native bees, butterflies, moths and other insects.

Most fruits, vegetables and colorful flowers depend on pollinators such as bees and butterflies. 

How can residents make a difference? The “What’s All the Buzz” informational meeting will help them find out.

In November of 2015, the South St. Paul City Council adopted a resolution supporting a good faith effort to make South St. Paul a pollinator friendly city. For more information, contact Deb Griffith, Community Affairs Liaison, at 651-554-3230 or deb.griffith@southstpaul.org.

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