Alarming declines in insect abundance have gained substantial media attention due to the potential serious repercussions for people, agriculture, and ecological systems. Insects provide many essential services, including pollination and nutrient cycling, and are a major food source for organisms in higher trophic levels. Conserving biodiversity today is about more than just large, wild systems. Public gardens are well placed, trusted community anchors to help tell these important stories and establish more heathy and sustainable spaces for both humans and wildlife.
This session will demonstrate how public gardens can help conserve insects and the ecosystem services they provide, while also providing benefits to their organization. We will address how insect/pollinator conservation can be used for community outreach, the engagement of new and diverse audiences and partners, plant conservation and promotion, and the pursuit of new funding avenues.