NAPPC Task Forces

Task Forces are cross discipline, short-term, project-oriented groupings designed to accomplish specific task(s). NAPPC partners will have the opportunity to provide input into groups on which they do not serve. New Task Forces will be created as needed.

The Task Forces are made up of diverse, interested parties who work to accomplish one specific pollinator related task.

2021-2022 NAPPC TASK FORCES

Bee Friendly Farming – Promote Bee Friendly Farming registration through collaboration with private agricultural and local agencies that support on-farm habitat for pollinators. Develop relationships with farmer and rancher groups across the country, expand the BFF Garden Program, and create and implement public-facing marketing to incentivize participants to join the program.

Climate Change and Pollinators – Educate the public on the effects of climate change on plants and pollinators and mitigate these effects through science-based programs with the goal of sustaining the connections that maintain the ecosystems that support us. This will be done through the creation of a white paper that reviews the scientific consensus regarding climate change’s effects on pollinator health and abundance. Another strategy is the development of a public-facing awareness campaign about pollinators and climate change.

Honey Bee Health – Determine priority research and evaluation criteria for 2023 Honey Bee Health Grants and develop a sponsorship plan to increase support and partnerships for honey bee health research. Promote The BeeMD app and website, and disseminate information about this online tool in the beekeeping community.

Imperiled Bombus Conservation – This group will identify conservation needs and priorities for how to promote bumble bee health (ex. Bombus health grant program). This group will promote the recent clean stock white paper outlining the status of bombus research, identify gaps in bombus research, and develop and disseminate best management practices.

Lepidoptera – Determine priorities and potential funding sources for a Lepidoptera research grant program including but not limited to monarch, blue, and swallowtail butterflies. Explore replication of programs such as Project Swallowtail and Project Wingspan in the Western US.

Pollinator Communications – Work to create and share relevant, thoughtful, engaging and hopeful communications campaigns around the plight of monarchs and other pollinators and their importance to our ecosystems. The goal for this group centers on elevating the work of the pollinator community at large (including other NAPPC Task Forces) and to educate the public on the importance of pollinators. This will be done through the administration of a survey of the general public that hopes to specify what people know about pollinators and their conservation efforts.

Pesticide Education – Determine how pesticide registration and regulation can be used as a tool to protect and promote pollinator health. This will be done through the development of a campaign to increase reporting of bee kill incidents, working directly with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to disseminate best practices, and by engaging with gardeners, homeowners, growers, and pesticide applicators regarding pesticide use and pollinators.

Pollinator Habitat Installations – Focus on all aspects of pollinator habitat installations including land preparations, installation, and maintenance in various landscapes and geographies. Aim to aggregate existing material and identify gaps in technical resources resulting in easily accessible information for land managers and the public. This task force will also develop and promote Garden Recipe Cards for California.

Pollinators on Managed Lands - Encourage incentives for pollinator habitat on transportation, utility rights-of-way, and renewable energy landscapes, including educational outreach and recognition of best practices (ex. NAPPC Awards). This group will also find and identify the most appropriate and cost-effective seed mixes for restoration projects.

North American Collaboration – Expand and enhance the North American collaborative nature of NAPPC. Brainstorm how to engage more participation from Canada, Mexico, first nation and indigenous territories, Central America, and the Caribbean. Work on the translation of materials and support existing North American-wide strategies for pollinators. This group will attempt to bring more participation in NAPPC from underrepresented regions/countries in North America and explore methods of making the conference more relevant to all parties across the continent.

Previous Task Forces

Monarch - Identify monarch conservation priorities, management practices, and gaps in research to promote both the central and western populations. Highlight communications and engaging broad stakeholders to protect the monarch butterfly, in alignment with the Monarch Joint Venture.

Selecting Plants for Pollinators - Explore pollinator friendly practices for producing plant materials and accessibility for consumers. Determine how to market past task force products (Selecting Plants brochure, Recipe cards), identify target audiences, and establish dissemination goals.

Urban Pollinators – Expand pollinator gardens in urban areas and promote rooftop gardens, community gardens, and roadside plantings. Consider HOA and other neighborhood ordinances and provide resources for homeowners and backyard beekeepers. Engage urban youth in school garden programs and community science.

New to NAPPC? Please note:

First, the emphasis is on the work of NAPPC Task Forces, each of which has a specific charge agreed upon before the Conference. Since the NAPPC Task Force format has been responsible for many of NAPPC’s successful endeavors, the Steering Committee has determined that Task Force activity is the highest priority when we meet. Therefore, Task Forces will meet twice: once on Wednesday and once on Thursday(Agenda). During these two sessions, your Task Force will envision your completed project and work through the steps to get there. You will be asked to commit to at least one aspect in the completion of this project. The idea is to diversify the input, mobilize maximum impact, and to spread the work over many participants. You will be encouraged to set realistic time frames and through consistent, collaborative communication and effort, the Task Force will achieve its mission.

This year, over 100 invited professionals from multiple disciplines will form NAPPC. Not all NAPPC participants share exact perspectives and approaches, but when we assemble as a NAPPC collaborative, we put aside personal and organizational agendas, we respect differing points of view and we seek to find areas of commonality in order to increase broad-based progress for pollinators. You will see we have Republican and Democrat, Science and Industry, Agriculture and the Environment, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Panama, Columbia, Peru, and the US, working side by side.

Your personal contribution will make a huge difference to the future of our planet. In fact, this collaboration already reflects a very positive beginning. Together, this unique gathering of organizations from the scientific, nonprofit, government and business worlds is strategically addressing the pollinator issue from all fronts. We are nurturing a global, public constituency actively engaged in pollinator conservation to imbue the next generation with the principles of sustainable ecosystems.