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11 May 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm PDT
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Spring is coming and it’s bringing blossoms and bees! Join Lori Weidenhammer, a.k.a. Madame Beespeaker and learn about some of the most common native bee species you could spot in your very own backyard, local park or community garden. Find out about some cool behaviours you can look for like mating and nesting, and find out which spring flowers are best for supporting our local pollinators. Lori will also talk about the bees that are appearing this spring from citizen scientists who post their observations on The Native Bee Society of British Columbia BC Bee Tracker project on iNaturalist. Learn how you can also contribute to important research on the relationship of native plants to native bees.
ABOUT “BEEYOND BELIEF” SERIES
Are you curious about identifying, caring for, or advocating for bees? Join the Native Bee Society of British Columbia for this all-year series, “Beeyond Belief”, for online and in-person opportunities to take a closer look at the life of bees. From your backyard, to close up specimens, to collecting bee observation data in a Bee BioBlitz – come out for each session to become one of the “beeple” that appreciate these amazing insects!
ABOUT PROGRAM LEADER
Lori is a performance-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is the author of a book called Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees published by Douglas and MacIntyre. Lori works with students of all ages on eating locally and gardening for pollinators. On occasion, she likes to dress up in silly costumes and talk to bees. She worked with Tyler Kelly and curator Lincoln Best to create and maintain the iNaturalist BC Bee Tracker Project. She is a recipient of the Entomological Society of Canada’s Norman Criddle award for her work as an amateur naturalist. This year Lori would like to focus on creating educational materials that can be used by the public in many situations to deepen their understanding of native bees and their habitat needs.
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**This program will take place on Zoom, so please make sure you have Zoom downloaded well in advance of the webinar. A Zoom link can be found within your confirmation email and will also be sent the day before the start of the program. Only one ticket required per household.
We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.