I will be giving a virtual presentation for the SoKY Wild Ones chapter. My presentation will be Creating Space for Native Bees. Please contact the SoKY Wild Ones (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about how to join the event.
Creating Space for Native Bees
There are over 4,000 species of bees native to the U.S., all with diverse and fascinating life histories. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture. Unlike honey bees which live in huge colonies that can have 30,000 – 60,000 individuals, our native bees are either solitary or live in small colonies of only a few hundred individuals. This makes them ideal for people who want to “help the bees” or increase pollination on their property, but aren’t interested in becoming a beekeeper. We’ll discuss multiple ways that you can encourage native bees and create a bee-friendly space around your home or landscape.