4/29/17 Sat 10:00am-12:00pm, $35-70 sliding scale

This is an introduction to pollination ecology, the wild world of bees, and pollinator-friendly gardening for folks who are curious and want to nurture an awareness for these beloved hardworking critters. There are over 25,000 species of bees worldwide, 4000 in the US and 1000 in California. We will learn about the life cycles and biology of honey bees and native bees, the differences between the two, the special relationship between bees and flowers, and what you can provide to support more bee and insect life in your garden. We learn to how to tell the difference between a bee, a wasp, and a fly, and how to identify a few of our local native bees. We will also introduce the idea of api-centric beekeeping and offer possibilities for natural beekeeping. We’ll taste some honey, observe both honey bees and native bees at work, and get the lowdown on Colony Collapse Disorder.

Date: Saturday April 29, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $35 – 70 sliding scale

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