Native bees are essential for pollinating 85% of the world’s flowering plants, and their conservation is vital to environmental and human health. They’re also fascinating and beautiful – well worth an up-close look. Join us for an overview of Oregon’s native bees, and an examination of some bees through dissecting scopes, followed by a chance to catch and release some as we take a guided tour through the Garden. We’ll record our finds on iNaturalist, and will teach you how to do that so you have the option to contribute your own observations in the future.
Instructor Jess Tyler holds an MS degree in environmental Science from PSU and currently works on insect conservation with the Center for Biological Conservation. His research included working with volunteers to monitor pollinators at community fruit tree orchards in the Portland metro area. He surveys bees for Oregon Bee Project, currently with an emphasis on Leach Botanical Garden.
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Photo USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab from Beltsville, Maryland, USA [Public domain]