Wild Bees

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

- Sunday, November 26, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Instructor: Ross Eatman & Paula Sharp

Location: Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery

Open to the Public normal Garden Hours

New in the Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery, Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman’s dazzling macro photographs bring you closer to the variety of shapes, colors, and sizes of wild bees and illustrate the unique relationship between native plants, crops, and bees. Originally hosted at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve Art Gallery in New York, this sampling of their exquisite photographic works illustrates bees essential role in our planet’s health.

In July 2014, Sharp and Eatman undertook a three-year photographic project to document bees in New York’s Rockefeller State Park Preserve and neighboring Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. There, the mingling of domesticated honey bees and native pollinators comes from the unique juxtaposition of nature preserve and farmland. Sharp and Eatman have documented more than 100 wild bee species in the area and have constructed an online Wild Bee ID Guide providing information about them.

While many people are aware of the collapse of European honey bee populations, fewer know that native insect pollinators are declining globally due to a combination of habitat loss and fragmentation, pesticide use, pathogens, and invasive species. Native bees pollinate both wild plants and agricultural crops – many of which cannot be pollinated by honey bees. There are nearly 4,000 native bee species in North America which provide roughly $3 billion per year in ecosystem services. California is home to over 1,600 of these essential pollinators, many of which are uniquely adapted to native plants. The Garden works to save these bees in the wild and provide habitat on grounds. Look a little closer at the buzz of activity around you and see firsthand the diverse variety of bees at work.

FREE with Garden admission

Opening Reception on August 8, 6-7pm 

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