April 5 – Islands in Space: Urban gardens as sanctuaries for bees and other pollinators

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“Islands in Space: Urban gardens as sanctuaries for bees and other pollinators”
presentation for the Saint Anthony Park Garden Club
Tuesday, April 5 from 7:15-8:30pm

This presentation is a work-in-progress, but will cover the following topics:

1) The importance of solitary bees (a non-honeybee perspective)
2) The importance of “fractured” habitats & urban biodiversity
3) Urban gardens as “links” between or connecting fractures
4) Planning gardens: a) phenology, b) nectar sources/nutrients, c) matching flower types with different bees species, d) Non-flower materials that help attract and establish bees
5) Human-made bee habitats (aka bumblebee domiciles and orchard mason bee nests)
6) Kinds of bumblebees & solitary bee families to look for when gardens are planted

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