Native Bees as Pollinators Workshop Scheduled for July 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 06-02-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260

The Friends of the Herbarium, California State University, Chico, is offering an all-day workshop, “Introduction to Native Bees as Pollinators,” on Thursday, July 22, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Rob Schlising, retired biologist at CSU, Chico, and Robert Irwin from the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum will teach the workshop.

The workshop will showcase native bees for both professionals involved in land management and conservation and individuals who like nature and want to promote the attraction of bees to their own gardens. No specific knowledge of bees is needed, although a basic understanding of general insect morphology is expected.

The objectives of the workshop are to promote awareness of diversity in local native bees, to help identify local families of bees and to suggest ways to make personal gardens appropriate for the foraging and nesting of native bees.

For more information and a registration form, please contact the Chico State Herbarium office at 530-898-3511, or visit the Web site at http://www.csuchico.edu/biol/Herb/Events.html. You may also e-mail the instructors at rschlising@csuchico.edu or rirwin@water.ca.gov.

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