Stephanie Shepherd, Wildlife Diversity Biologist, Iowa DNR, will lead a discussion about pollinators, their habits, habitat, and importance. One out of every three bites of food we eat relies on pollinators, mostly insects, to reproduce. Unfortunately, bees (colony and solitary), butterflies and moths, bats, birds and beetles are facing challenges due to habitat loss, disease, parasites and pesticides. Stephanie will share her knowledge and tips for helping pollinators in our backyards and gardens. She will emphasize diversification, use of native plant material, and landscape varieties. She will share many resources and guide a walk through Arboretum gardens pointing out best practices and reviewing plant identification.