CSU, Chico News

Discover Urban Gardening’s Role in Bee Population Restoration with Museum Without Walls Lecture Series

Date: 04-16-2012

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
Cheyenne King, Marketing Intern
Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director

Evidence is mounting that pollinators of crop and wildland plants are declining worldwide. Learn how urban residential gardens are helping to restore bee populations throughout California with “Bees and Flowers, the Love Affair Continues,” Wednesday, April 18 at the Chico Area Recreation Center.

Gordon Frankie, professor and research entomologist at UC Berkeley, will discuss the decline of pollinators and efforts to restore pollinator populations. He will illustrate how habitat gardening for bees using targeted ornamental plants can predictably increase bee diversity and abundance, and provide clear pollination benefits. This lecture is the third of five in the Museum Without Walls spring lecture series hosted by Gateway Science Museum and the College of Natural Sciences.

Frankie is a faculty member in the department of environment science, policy and management within the college of natural resources at UC Berkeley. He teaches several courses with a specialty on environmental problem solving. His research focuses on the relationships of native bee species to native and non-native plant species.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. at the CARD Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave., Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with ID are free. A question-and-answer period will follow each program.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.