Information about the sudden decline of honeybee colonies is everywhere, but much less is heard about solitary, non-social orchard bee species that make remarkable contributions to the pollination of our gardens, crops, and native plants.
As part of their 2015 International Meeting, the Orchard Bee Association will hold a public symposium and expo on Saturday, October 3rd, from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, at PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union in Room 296/8. Registration opens at 9:30 AM.
The day will feature presentations on creating backyard habitats that support native pollinators, sustainable solutions for crop pollination, the orchard mason bee, and a researcher’s unique experiences studying native bees in Western Oregon. The Expo is an excellent opportunity for networking with bee boosters and learning about local projects like BEEnergy.
A complete schedule and advance tickets for Saturday’s public symposium and expo cost $15. (Lunch is included in the ticket cost.)