Webinar: Native Bees: Biology, Diversity, and Outreach Resources
For: Agents and Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
When: June 30, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. (Save the date—registration links coming soon.)
Background: North Carolina is home to more than 500 species of native bees, many of which are economically important pollinators. In light of pollinator decline, there is increasing interest among home and community gardeners in supporting pollinators in urban and suburban gardens.
Goals: After this webinar, participants should be able to (a) advise home and community gardeners on bee-friendly gardening practices and (b) conduct native-bee outreach at events and demonstration gardens.
Content: This webinar will introduce the diversity and biology of North Carolina’s native bees and will provide an overview of new and recommended outreach resources such as plant lists, PowerPoint slides, and games.
Perks: Up to 50 counties will receive native-bee specimen boxes for use in education and outreach. Boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis (based on order of webinar registration; attendance required).
Registration: Advance registration is required. In addition, Agents will be able to register through the Extension Learning Management system. Registration details coming soon.
Instructors: Elsa Youngsteadt (NCSU Entomology), Debbie Roos (Chatham County)