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8A SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2019 MSU recognized for commitment to protecting bees, other pollinators BOZEMAN ~ In an effort to support healthy populations of bees and other pollinators, Mon- tana State University has joined a nationwide initiative certifying the university’s pollinator- friendly practices and programs. In November, MSU was designated a Bee Cam- pus USA by the interna— tional nonprofit Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, becoming the first Montana cam» pus to qualify and enroll. The program includes 58 other campuses nation- wide. Around our areq SIDNEY HERALD “This recognizes some incredible work on cam- pus that many people might not be aware of,” said Mathew Bain, program coordinator in MSU’s Office of Sustain- ability Bee Campuses are required to have pollina- tor-friendly habitat that includes native plants, engage in outreach pro- grams and teach courses related to pollinators, among other things. “Becoming a Bee Campus builds upon, and unifies, ongoing research and outreach efforts aimed at promot- BASEBALL SIGN-UPS! The Richland CountyBaSeba Program will be holding registration for all levels February 4 & 5 February 18 19 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm Sidney Fire Hall Tee-Ball (4-6) and Coach Pitch (7-8) level is $50. Minors (9-10) and Majors (ll-l2) is $125 with a $50 deposit that will be returned once fair booth shifts have been completed. Babe Ruth (1345) is $250 with $100 returned upon completion of fair booth shifts. Legion is $350 with $100 returned upon completion of fair booth shifts. Only one "deposit" will be necessary per family. ing pollinator health at MSU and supports student and community member involvement,” said Michelle Flenniken, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology in MSU’s Col- lege of Agriculture. Flenniken, who co- directs MSU’s Pollina- tor Health Center with Laura Burkle, assistant professor of ecology, led the development of the Honey Bee Research Site and Pollinator Garden at MSU’s Horticulture Farm in 2015. The half- acre garden includes native plants that bloom throughout the spring and summer to provide a steady supply of the pollen and nectar that pollinators need. “One of the factors that contributes to bee deaths is lack of suitable forage,” said Flenniken, whose research focuses on pathogens such as viruses that are another contributing factor to the high annual losses of honey bee colonies in the US. Even small areas of blooming plants can make a significant difference for pollinator health, she said. Flenniken and Bain are members of an MSU committee that is tasked with develop- ing a pollinator habitat plan for campus, which is required by the Bee Campus program. Native plants along the west side of Leon Johnson Hall are an example of what could be done in other areas of campus, said MSU facilities direc- tor EJ Hook, another The only security of all N is in a free press. Local. News. Matters. THOMAS JEFFERSON For more than 111 years. we have been dedicated to shining a light on the issues that affect. engage, benefit and empower Richland County and surrounding areas in Eastern Montana. INVEST lN LOCAL JOURNALISM. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! UNLIMITED I LIMITED , TIME LOFFER! 99¢ IWEEK BILLED MONTHLY FOR THE 1$TYEAR sirlneynews Call (406) 433-2403 or log on to sidneyheratdcom and click subscribe. Print subscribers get unlimited digital access at no extra charge. KELIY GORHAM l MSI A honeybee appears on honeycomb at the Honey Bee Research Site and Pollinator Garden at Montana State University’s Horticulture Farm. ‘ member of the pollina- tor habitat committee. “The Bee Campus designation recognizes the steps we’ve been taking and pushes us to go even further,” Hook said. In addition to main- taining flowering plants, MSU manages weeds and insect pests with the minimum of herbicides and pesticides, he added. That means tolerating dandelions in some areas because the blos- soms are an important early-season forage for bees and other pollina- tors, he said. As a result of the Bee Campus des- ignation, MSU Facilities Services will increase communication to explain those landscape Free tax help availab Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 15, AARP Founda- tion is providing free in-person tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. 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