Pollinators are necessary for fruit production and seed set in many home garden and agricultural crops. The Backyard Biodiversity program uses citizen science (active involvement from everyday people) to improve awareness of pollinators, and create and conserve pollinator habitat. This community engagement provides an opportunity for increases in local pollinator population and diversity.
Educational goals: To instruct Master Gardeners and Master Gardener trainees so they are knowledgeable and able to provide advice in their communities.
The purpose of Backyard Biodiversity is to engage South Dakotans with the flora and fauna present in their community, increase their awareness of pollinators and pollinator conservation efforts, and give them the tools to create and conserve pollinator habitat where they live.
SDSU Extension seeks broad input on its programs from citizens and clients from across the state. Information represents discussions regarding programs and needs.