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.


Bee Friendly Farming – Promote Bee Friendly Farming registration through collaboration with private agricultural and local agencies that support on-farm habitat for pollinators.

Honey Bee Health – Determine priority criteria for 2020 Bee Health Grants and develop a sponsorship plan to increase support and partnerships for bee health research. Develop phase two of The BeeMD APP and disseminate information about access to this online tool in the beekeeping community.

Imperiled Bombus Conservation - Bumble bees are critical to ecosystems and food systems. Although, it is difficult to pinpoint the causes of the declines and there are many unanswered questions about basic biology and ecology of these species, there are actions that can help conserve these species. This group will identify hot topics (ex. competition with honey bees) and priorities for how to mitigate their consequences (ex. Bombus health grant program).

Monarch - Focus on monarch communications and engaging broad stakeholders to promote the monarch butterfly, in alignment with the Monarch Joint Venture. The taskforce will work with the MJV Communications Working Group to determine monarch priority projects for the following year.

NAPPC 20th Anniversary Celebration – NAPPC’s 20th anniversary will take place in 2020. This task force will work to capitalize on this milestone through special celebrations, awards, and recognition for NAPPC accomplishments. Ideas may include: IUCN Congress, Pollinator Week, exhibit of past posters, 20th anniversary awards, and engaging founding partners of NAPPC.

Pesticide Education – Determine how pesticide registration and regulation can be used as a tool to protect and promote pollinator health.

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. Expand support for hosting honey bee hives on managed landscapes and explore research questions surrounding native bee competition issues.

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 through collaboration with American Society of Landscape Architects and others. Reach out to urban youth groups to engage them in pollinator friendly practices with support from the BeeSmart School Garden Kit Program. Identify strong citizen science projects and how they can be promoted and best utilized to produce meaningful data.

If you have not attended a previous NAPPC meeting, you should 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 personally 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.