Date/Time - 04/14/2018 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center
Native bees are some of our most important pollinators. Non-native honeybees receive all the press (and make all the honey), but there are 4000 species of native bees that help pollinate crops and wildflowers too. Urban environments host a surprising number of bee species, probably due to the diversity of plants grown in window boxes, parks, and community gardens. In this two-hour workshop, you will learn all about pollination in urban environments from the perspective of both plants and bees. For the first half, we’ll focus on native bee diversity, biology, and their decline and conservation. Then we’ll dive into how these bees interact with plants in your urban garden, focusing on fruit trees and the bees that pollinate them best. Lastly, we’ll think of ways to ensure that they visit your garden throughout the year. There will be a short demonstration at the end about how to build your own native bee house.
The workshop will be led by Nick Dorian, a Tufts University PhD student. He studies native bee populations and the demographic consequences of earlier springtime under climate change. When he’s not studying bees, Nick can be found photographing birds, gardening, or foraging for urban fruits.
Suggested donation $10 , no one will be turned away for lack of funds