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Barnegat Bay Partnership


February 2021

Myth Busters: The Truth About What’s Bugging You

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth. With over 1 million described species, insects account for about 75% of all animal species. Insect diversity is essential in maintaining functional ecosystems, productive natural areas and working lands, and overall biodiversity. However, human perceptions of insects are often negative resulting in insects being misunderstood, underappreciated, and in some cases, unnecessarily feared. This session will cover a variety of “insect myths vs. truths” with the goal of reversing common misconceptions.…

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March 2021

Cultivating Respect for Insects: An Overview of the Ecosystem Services That Insects Provide

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Simply put: all life on earth depends on insects, for more reasons than most people realize. This talk will explore some of the immeasurably important ways that insects keep ecosystems functioning, including nutrient recycling, pollination services, and trophic interactions. It will also cover ways in which we can conserve much-needed insect diversity in our own yards. Presented by Dr. Dan Duran, Assistant Professor from the Rowan University Department of Environmental Science. Part of the What's Bugging Your Jersey-Friendly Yard? webinar…

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May 2021

Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific bees and beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn about the predator-prey relationships of these flower-visiting beneficial insects and how they help keep problem insect populations in balance. The life cycles, diversity, and nesting habitat of native bees will also be along with examples of native plants for different site conditions. Presented by Heather Holms, author…

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