CSU, Chico News

Introduction to Native Bees as Pollinators

Date: 06-27-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Rob Schlising
CSU, Herbarium

Friends of the Chico State Herbarium are offering a workshop on native bees as pollinators in the wild and in your garden on July 28. This workshop will showcase native bees for people who like nature and for those who are involved in land management and conservation.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Holt Hall 129, California State University, Chico. The registration fee is $100 personal and $125 business. Advance registration is required because the class size is limited to 18 participants.

Many people know only about honeybees and bumblebees, but Rob Schlising, retired biologist, said that there are many more kinds of bees in nature and even within urban areas of northern California. “Many people are simply missing out on perceiving these beautiful, interesting and beneficial insects,” said Schlising.

Workshop objectives are to promote awareness of diversity in local native bees, to help with identification of local families of bees, and to provide information on plant habitats that invite native bees.

Schlising and Robert Irwin, Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum, will lead the workshop. Schlising and Irwin will also lead an optional follow-up field trip on July 29 that is not sponsored by Friends of the Chico State Herbarium. For more information on this optional field trip, you can contact Schlising at rschlising@csuchico.edu or 530-343-3411 or Irwin at rirwin@water.ca.gov or 530-528-7401.

For information about the workshop on July 28, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 530-898-5356.