March 31, 11:30 AM Native Pollinator Workshop Series: Brown Bag Lunch in the Garden
Event Location:Downtown Farmers Garden at the Alachua County Administration Building: 12 SE 1st St. Gainesville, FL
Presented by Jason Graham
UF Honey Bee Research and Extension
in partnership with Alachua County and Grow Gainesville
Find out more Here.
There are many insects that provide pollination and biological pest control services important to a balanced ecosystem. These pollinators can be entertaining and educational to observe. They are critical to food production, and a gardener’s best friend!
This workshop will provide participants with the information needed to design, build, monitor and maintain artificial nests to encourage these beneficial insects. Topics covered in the first workshop will also include social vs. solitary bees and wasps, identification basics, and resources for continued study.
Presenter Bio: Jason Graham earned his Bachelor of Science degree studying insect biocontrol of invasive plants at University of Delaware. He went on to obtain his Master of Science degree with the Honey Bee Research & Extension Laboratory at University of Florida studying bumble bees. Jason is continuing pursuit of his PhD at University of Florida, majoring in Entomology & Nematology with a minor in Agricultural Education and Communication. The Solitary Bee and Wasp Nesting Sites which are providing data for his project can be found at many places in and around Gainesville including: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo and Morningside Nature Center.
The next two workshops will be held on:
Saturday August 11 and
Saturday November 10
Start:3/31/2012 11:30 AM
End:3/31/2012 1:00 PM