Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council Speaker Series

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Date(s) - Monday, September 17, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Oregon Ridge Nature Center

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Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council Speaker Series

The Wild Bees that Live in your Backyard: You can Make a Difference
Sam Droege, wildlife biologist at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Monday, September 17; 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Imagine if you could create farm workers tinier than a grain of rice who would travel from flower to flower, pollinating your plants, fueled only with the tiniest of sips of a sugary drink. Imagine if each year you had to produce trillions of them to meet your Mid-Atlantic target. Too late, nature has already created them, they are called “bees.” Did you know that in Maryland there are over 400 species, that they provide no honey, pollinate most of our crops, live underground, mostly never sting, never cause allergic reactions, are declining, that it takes only 5 flowers worth of pollen and nectar to create a new bee, that your gardens can help reverse these declines, and that mowing kills more bees than pesticides? Well if you didn’t know those things maybe you should join us for more details of this most critical of insects.
Adults
FREE – Donations appreciated. No registration required.