Buzz about Native Bees

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Instructor: Rich Hatfield, The Xerces Society

Location: Pritzlaff Conservation Center Classroom

Limited spaces available.  Please register at the door.

From our morning coffee to the apple pie we have for dessert, one in three mouthfuls of food and drink come to us thanks to the work of bees and other pollinators. But these essential animals are at risk worldwide because of pesticide use and lack of flowers in the landscape. We've all heard that European honey bees are in trouble, but the more critical story is that our native bees are faring even worse. Thankfully, there is much you can do to help! This workshop will investigate the fascinating world of North America's native bees and examine the existing threats that make the future daunting for these vital creatures. You will learn about native bees’ natural history, their importance to our natural areas and agriculture, and most importantly, the straightforward actions you can start doing today that will create lasting change in the way the urban landscape is managed and help make your home, and your community, native bee friendly.

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Rich HatfieldRich Hatfield is a senior conservation biologist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and has a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University. He has authored several publications on bumble bees, including a set of management guidelines entitled Conserving Bumble Bees. He has taught bumble bee management and identification courses to federal, state and regional biologists; natural areas land managers; and citizen scientists in Oregon, Washington, California, and Massachusetts. Rich helped develop and launch the citizen science website Bumble Bee Watch, which has gathered over 22,000 photo observations of North American bumble bees since 2014. In addition to his work with bumble bees, Rich has investigated native bee pollination in agricultural systems in the Central Valley of California, and studied endangered butterflies in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Thank you for your support!

A special thanks to the sponsors of this class: Cinco, Ittleson Foundation, and Metabolic Studio. They're generous support has allowed us to offer this class to the public at a greatly reduced rate. Thank you!

Want to sponsor a class or lecture?

Contact Stephanie Linder, Director of Development & Communications or call (805) 682-4726 ext.133

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