Bees in the Trees: The Woody Perennials That Support Wild Pollinators
Instructor: Kass Urban-Mead
Date: Wednesday, June 14th 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Groundswell Incubator Farm at EcoVillage, Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY (follow signs for incubator farm)
Field Tour Fee: $10
There are over 400 bee species in our New York landscape that are not honey bees. This class will cover the ecology, daily habits, and habitat requirements of wild bees, particularly solitary spring bees that are often invaluable pollinators for fruit trees, crops, and wild plants alike. We will identify and visit trees and shrubs that are commonly found in hedgerows, woodlots and smallholder forests that are important resources for wild pollinators. These woody perennials are increasingly recognized for carbon sequestration, animal forage, soil and water quality. This workshop will add a pollination component to these benefits. We will use the idea of “bee networks” to think about times and places in their farms where specific “bee trees” could be added to support wild bee pollinator communities.
Instructor Bio: Kass is a new PhD student at Cornell in the Entomology Department. She works with Profs Danforth and McArt to understand the insect and pollination ecology of agricultural systems. She fell in love with honey bees in her undergraduate work studying bees’ symbiotic gut microbiota, but quickly got excited about the 20,000 wild species in the world. She got excited about trees for bees during her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Forestry. Kass grew up raising 4H goats in the Hudson Valley, and can be found sketching, singing, and roller & ice skating…when she’s not chasing bees.