What's the Buzz? Pollinator Expert Headlines at Local Conservation Gathering
Created: Thursday, 29 December 2016 10:18
Thursday, Jan 26th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (505 Quayle Rd.) will host Habitat Acquisition Trust’s Annual General Meeting and Social at their lovely Pavilion.
Habitat Acquisition Trust offers a warm welcome to anyone in the community, and encourages attendees to invite friends, family, and neighbours. Though membership is required to vote at the meeting, all are welcome and attendance is free including bites to eat, as well as refreshments sponsored by Whole Foods Market Victoria. Arrive early to secure you seat, as the Pavilion may fill up fast! We're kicking off with a half hour of socializing with everyone from biologists to outdoors enthusiasts, this is an excellent chance to network with the natural history and conservation community.
Special guest speaker Lora Morandin, Ph. D. of Pollinator Partnership Canada, will share a talk on native pollinators. Bringing her experience from the publication of over 20 peer-reviewed articles on pollinators and sustainable agriculture, Dr. Morandin will provide insight into the natural history of local pollinators, threats faced by bees and other species, and the helpful role that individuals can play in enhancing pollinator habitat in their own backyards.
"Local initiatives can add up to large benefits for pollinators, and Pollinator Partnership Canada is excited to be working with Habitat Acquisition Trust to help maintain and enhance pollinator populations on Vancouver Island” – Dr. Morandin
With concerns about declines and the endangered species listings of bees making international headlines, many are wondering what they can do to support pollinators locally. This event is sure to answer those buzzing questions and provide positive motivation for the New Year.
“Pollinators are responsible for about 1/3 of the food we eat, and are needed to pollinate wild flowers and sustain ecosystems. There are over 20,000 species of bees worldwide, of which the managed European honey bee is just one. But, some bee and other pollinator populations are declining, most likely due to habitat loss, diseases, invasive species, climate change, and insecticide use. Creating habitat for bees and other pollinators, from small urban gardens to large conservation areas, is an important action that can provide much needed floral and nesting resources,” explains Dr. Morandin.
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