Workhorses of nature, bees need our help
When it comes to flowers, field crops, fruit and vegetables, our native bees are the workhorses of the pollinator world. Residents can find out more on January 24 in Ivanhoe, when the Hastings Stewardship Council hosts the first event in its 2019 Winter Speaker Series - Native Bees in Ontario: Introduction, Challenges, and Action.
Bee advocate Susan Willis Chan will present an intriguing story of diversity, starring our native bees. After years of bee research and field work, Chan has many photos to share and stories to tell about bee behaviour and the services bees provide to our backyards and farm crops.
Native bees are facing big challenges in agricultural environments. Chan will explain the foraging scenarios provided by farm crops, and the purposeful pollinator habitat created by farmers and others. The effects of insecticide exposure on bees, as well as pesticide exposure routes will be illustrated.
As past program manager at Farms at Work ( www.farmsatwork.ca), Chan has worked with many landowners to help create and preserve healthy habitat for native bees, as her slides will demonstrate. Her tips for attracting bees and other beneficial insects to your property will help you create effective habitat for these natural pollinators. Chan will also share new scientific information from her own bee research.
Chan is now working full time on her Ph. D. at the University of Guelph while teaching Sustainable Agriculture at Trent University. She has a background in agriculture, environmental biology ( pollination), and education.
Join Hastings Stewardship Council for Native Bees in Ontario on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7 p. m to 9 p. m. at the Huntington Veterans Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, in Ivanhoe, north of Belleville. An entrance fee of $ 5 per person ( or a donation) will help cover costs. Children are free.
For more information, contact Ray Wellman at 613- 8487697 or [email protected]ingssteward-ship.ca. For the Winter Speaker Series lineup, visit hastingsstewardship.ca.
Bee advocate Susan Chan will be the guest speaker at the Hastings Stewardship Council’s Winter Speaker Series event later this month. During her talk, Chan will discuss how residents can make their properties more bee friendly such as through the use of bee hotels, pictured above.