SHERIDAN — Kim Dickerson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, will be speaking at Sheridan College’s Science Center on May 2 at 6 p.m.
Dickerson works for the Wyoming Ecological Services Environmental Contaminants Program. The program’s primary mission is to identify contaminant problems involving migratory birds and threatened and endangered species.
Each year over two billion pounds of pesticides are used in this country — the majority for agricultural purposes.
Consumers benefit from improved quality and quantity of agricultural products. However, the use of pesticides is not without risk to livestock, pets, wildlife and their habitats as well as to people.
When pesticides are used incorrectly, numerous non-target species of animals are killed and a variety of birds and fish can be negatively affected.
Pesticides also can also kill valuable insects such as bees that serve as pollinators. Many possible explanations for colony collapse disorder in bees have been proposed, including pesticides.
Dickerson will speak for about 20 minutes, followed by an open discussion.