Habitat & Conservation  |  06/19/2024

Podcast Ep. 269: PF & QF Biologists Select Their Top 10 Wildflowers During Pollinator Week

Host Bob St.Pierre is joined by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever biologists Ciera Garner and Heather Francis to talk about the intersection between pollinator habitat for pollinating insects and brood habitat for upland birds. Garner is the organization’s pollinator coordinator in Tennessee and Francis is a farm bill biologist III and on-boarding coordinator in Nebraska. In fact, pollinators are so important to them both that Garner’s wedding earlier this spring included a variety of native wildflower components as did Francis’ youngest son’s wedding that happened on the very same day as Garner’s nuptials.

Episode Highlights:
  • The group focuses their conversation on a Top 10 list of wildflowers as voted on by a sampling of PF & QF’s team of biologists.  
  • The criteria for the Top 10 list of wildflowers included each plant’s a) value in creating habitat structure; b) value as a food resource – both in seed produced as food, as well as the plant’s ability to attract soft-bodied insects as chick food; and c) as the wildcard value of the flower’s blooming beauty. 
  • Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are currently offering a special Pollinator Week package including a PF or QF membership, six wildflower plants, a “Habitat Creator” sticker, and a “Pollinator Habitat” sign. Check out the offer at: PheasantsForever.org/PollinatorWeek or QuailForever.org/PollinatorWeek.
Thanks to our Pollinator Week partners: 
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • Bayer U.S. Crop Science
  • Syngenta US
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
  • Monarch Joint Venture
  • Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund

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