Butterflies, beer highlight the night

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. — Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a "pollinator pint night" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 12 at Milk & Honey Ciders in St. Joseph.

Anyone who is curious about creating pollinator habitat for bees, butterflies, and more on their property, whether on the farm, in town, or by the lake, is invited.

Sarah Foltz Jordon from The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will provide an overview of pollinators’ status, discuss their role in agriculture and natural ecosystems, and explain pollinator lifecycle and habitat needs.

Steven Heymans with PrairieScapes will discuss service options for installation and maintenance of pollinator plantings.

Soil and water staff will have a brief presentation on assistance that is available. There will be ample time for discussion and Q&A.

This event is free and open to the public.

Climate change is topic of symposium

ST. PETER, Minn. — Climate change is the topic of an upcoming symposium at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

The Linnaeus Arboretum Board and the college are hosting the symposium "The Changing Climate: How Will We Respond?" from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 18

A group of Minnesota experts will share insights on the changing climate in Minnesota. Speakers will address the issue through the lens of vegetation changes, public policy initiatives, and individual action. The day will conclude with a closing dinner and an optional walking tour of the Linnaeus Arboretum.

Tickets are $40 per person for non-members of the Linnaeus Arboretum, or $25 per person for arboretum members

To register, go to gustavus.edu/events/linnaeus, or call 507-933-7520.

West Nile found in 2 Iowa horses

DES MOINES — Two cases of West Nile Virus have been detected in horses living in Iowa.

The virus was found in a 15-year-old thoroughbred mare in Davis County in southeast Iowa, and a 2-year-old quarter horse gelding in Union County in south central Iowa.

These are the first confirmed cases of West Nile Virus detected in animals in the state this year.

The Department of Agriculture recommends that all horse owners talk to their veterinarians to determine if their horses should be vaccinated.

Humans can also contract West Nile Virus through mosquito bites. For tips on how to protect yourself, go to idph.iowa.gov.