Thursday, July 20, 4 - 6 PM
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory
8 N Cherry St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Urban-dwellers have significantly different lifestyles than their country cousins. Kass Urban-Mead, a PhD student in Cornell University's Entomology Department, will demonstrate how this is true for bees of the world, and how trees can help city-bees thrive in a fun and insightful workshop at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. Some of our most interesting wild bees are particularly solitary spring bees that pollinate fruit trees, street trees, gardens, and wild plants alike.
This workshop will move "beyond wildflower strips," and instead identify resource-rich trees and shrubs used in bioswales and as street trees that have cultural and aesthetic value, filter water, and stabilize soil. Kass will explain trees' often-ignored benefits to pollinators, using 'bee networks' to think about times and places where 'bee trees' could be added to support wild bee pollinator communities. 'Bee' ready to learn about the ecology, flower visiting choices, and habitat requirements of wild bees living in urban environments!
The workshop is hosted by the Environmental Cooperative and has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It is free and open to the public. Contact Kat Rosemond: karosemond[at]vassar.edu, 845-437-7435 with any questions.