(Michelle Mielke) – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is
asking North Dakota landowners for their help by allowing pollinator
surveys to be conducted on their land. Surveys will provide data
which may prevent future threatened and endangered species listings
in North Dakota.
species in North Dakota have been proposed to be protected under the
Endangered Species Act, including several native pollinators,”
Goehring said. “Complete data sets weren’t available when the
Dakota skipper butterfly was listed, and survey work done following
the listing indicates it may have been avoided had that information
indicated that without updated, high quality comprehensive data, the
federal government is forced to make listing decisions based on
outdated, incomplete and sometimes biased science. Listings may cause
restrictions on management practices, including grazing restrictions,
pesticide use restrictions, land conversion issues and more.
state needs a defensible position to push back when species are
proposed to be listed under the Endangered Species Act,” Goehring
said. “The best means to defend North Dakota is high quality
North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA), along with several
partners, funded a statewide pollinator study in 2016. The study is a
four-year project that aims to identify bee and butterfly species
present in North Dakota and estimate abundance of these species.
study is being performed by researchers from North Dakota State
University (NDSU) and data collection began in 2017. The study
consists of visiting three sites in every county, twice throughout
the summer. At each site, researchers perform a variety of survey
are seeking private lands with the following characteristics on which
to conduct pollinator surveys:
or restored prairie/pasture
size of 50 acres with a width of at least 200 yards
than a mile from an accessible and SUV-friendly road
willing to allow technicians access on their land two to four times
during the summer (June, July and August)
willing to allow researchers to survey for bee and butterfly species
should contact Jerry Sauter of the NDDA at email@example.com
or Adrienne Antonsen from NDSU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Researchers will notify landowners of their intended visit before
arriving, will be respectful of the property, opening and closing
gates, and will remove all equipment after survey completion.