Appreciating our Nocturnal Pollinators: Impacts of Land Use on Moth Species in the Northeastern U.S.

Presented by Sarah Shearer, MS candidate in the Environmental Studies program with a concentration in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England

Join us during Pollinator Week (and the official start of summer) to learn more about the mysterious and diverse world of moths! They’re our (mostly) nocturnal neighbors that remain largely unseen but play a very important role as pollinators while supporting native bird and bat populations across the Northeast. Moth diversity has long been considered an indicator of habitat quality and emphasizes the importance of using various native plant, shrub and tree species in our cultivated landscapes and embracing habitat heterogeneity when making land use decisions. We’ll dive into the basics first, and then discuss recent studies involving moths and their implications, along with some ways that everyone can get involved. The methods and results of the author’s own thesis project (Moth Diversity in Managed Inland Pine Barrens and Heathlands of Massachusetts) will be discussed, including ways this study may help inform the future habitat management and restoration priorities of conservation organizations all across the Northeast.

This program is supported in part by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant.

For more information:

https://www.nhaudubon.org/education/exploring-connections-series/