Kelly Gill, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Kelly Gill discusses the fascinating and diverse world of New England’s native pollinators—bees, butterflies, flies, beetles, and wasps— and the latest science-based approaches to reversing pollinator declines by protecting and managing habitat for these vital insects. Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem—more than 85 percent of the world's flowering plants and two-thirds of our agricultural crops depend upon them for reproduction. In many places, however, their essential service is at risk due to urbanization and use of pesticides.
Kelly Gill is the Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society and a Partner Biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Xerces Society has worked for over 40 years on pollinator conservation and is well known for its best-selling book Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies.