NATIVE POLLINATING INSECTS
In response to CO Senate Bill 22-199, the CO Department of Natural Resources has commissioned a study on native pollinating insects. This collaborative study will be conducted by Colorado State University Extension, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, in consultation with state and federal agencies, researchers, scientists, and land managers across the state.
The People & Pollinators Action Network (PPAN) championed the Study Bill at the legislature in 2022 and has been tasked with supporting the development of a public education and outreach plan to complement the Study. These efforts stand outside the Study scope. However, since the Study is focused on state-level programs, you can provide input on other insect pollinator programs and land management efforts at the regional, county, and local levels.
Overall, an educated community can engage in various activities that support pollinator conservation efforts at different levels, from data collection and analysis to education, policy development, and funding mobilization. By leveraging the skills and knowledge of individuals across Colorado, we can make a meaningful contribution to the protection of pollinators and their ecosystems.