Pollinators in the woods? Exploring the many ways wild bees nest and forage in woody habitats, with Kass Urban-Mead, Ph.D. (Thursday Night Nature, July 7)

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Thursday, July 7 7:00 pm
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Thursday, July 7 8:00 pm

$15.00

Did you know that there are over 4,000 different wild bee species in the United States? Most are solitary, don’t live in hives, and don’t make honey. These wild, native pollinators have long evolutionary relationships with our beloved wildflowers and provide important pollination services which ensure the stability of many of our favorite fruits, nuts and vegetables. We usually think of wild pollinating bees in our gardens, flower patches and meadows, but that is not the only place they can be found! In the northeastern US, up to a third of our wild bee species prefer, and rely on, forest habitats. Some are specialized to only collect pollen and nectar from spring ephemerals on the forest floor, while others nest in rotting logs and in leaf litter deep in the woods. Bumble bees, beloved on your roses and garden plants, prefer nesting in the forest; and apple orchard pollinators regularly collect forest canopy pollen before the apple orchards bloom. Join us for an adventure exploring how wild bees use the woods–from the leafy forest floor to the tippy top of the canopy!

Kass Urban-Mead, Ph.D. is a Pollinator Conservation Specialist with Xerces Society and an NRCS Partner Biologist. Her doctoral work at the Cornell Entomology Department characterized the wild bee species active in early spring forests and forest canopies. It looked at how the movement of bees between forests and orchards supports orchard pollination. Kass grew up raising 4-H dairy goats in the Hudson Valley. She completed her master’s at Yale Forestry, part of Yale’s School of the Environment. She has also worked for a summer at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard and conducted ecological research in southern France. In her position with the Xerces Society, Urban-Mead provides technical assistance on pollinator conservation in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. She assists with planning, designing, installing, and managing habitats for pollinators and other beneficial insects and also works to develop technical guidelines and provide training on pollinator conservation practices.

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All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes at 5:00 pm on the date of the program. Zoom invitations will be sent out after this time to the email used to register for the event. The link will come from lauricella@bhwp.org OR education@bhwp.org.

This lecture is part of our Thursday Night Nature series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.