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Michigan Pollinator Meetings in March
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Michigan Pollinator Meetings in March

According to Michigan State University, Michigan is home to over 160 different species of butterflies. The university notes that some butterflies are so rare, "a person could look for a lifetime without ever seeing one."

Michigan State University is holding four meetings throughout March 2019 aimed at education attendees on pollinators. The first three, called "Pollinator Health Meetings," focus on pollinator health and local opportunities for supporting pollinators. These are free to attend; however, registration is required. They will mostly be open discussion, last about two hours and lunches will be provided. You can register to attend here:

The times, locations and best contacts for these meetings are as follows:

Meeting One
Date: March 5
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Location: NW Research Center, 6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
Contact: Duke Elsner; phone: 231-922-4822, email:

Meeting Two
Date: March 7
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Location: MSU Extension Ottawa County Office, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460
Contact: Carlos Garcia-Salazar; phone: 616-994-4580, email:

Meeting Three
Date: March 11
Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Contact: Ben Phillips; phone: 989-758-2502, email:

The fourth meet-up is called "2019 Smart Gardening for Butterflies" and occurs on March 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kent/MSU Extension in Grand Rapids, Mich. The address for the building is 775 Ball Avenue.

The featured guest speaker is Dr. Duke Elsner, who is dubbed "the Bug Guy" in the MSU news post. Registration deadline is March 22, and it costs $30. Learn more here:

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