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Native Bee Identification and Conservation
March 26, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM| Free
The public is invited to the March 26, 2019 monthly meeting of the San Antonio chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) for a presentation on Texas native bees.
It is estimated that there are at least 700 bee species in Texas, and only one of those is the famous (and introduced) European honeybee. In this program you will learn about the natural history and identification of some of the major groups of native bees in Texas, to include bumble bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, and more. In addition, you will be introduced to plants and practices that will aid in the conservation of these vital pollinators.
Our speaker, Jessica Beckham, PhD, has been a lecturer in the Environmental Science and Ecology department at UTSA since 2017. She earned her doctorate in environmental science at the University of North Texas in 2016, where her research focused on the conservation of native Texas bumble bees. Past projects have included documenting the persistence of bumble bee species in north Texas, mapping species distributions of native Texas bees, and evaluating the importance of green spaces for urban bees. Currently she is working to establish the Texas range and taxonomic status of the Sonoran bumble bee. Additionally, she is a champion of citizen scientists and uses digital platforms for both research and educational purposes.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & social time
7:00 pm – Meeting and program
Lions Field Adult Center
2809 Broadway (corner of Mulberry & Broadway by Brackenridge Park)
NPSOT-SA chapter meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month except August, November, and December. They are free and open to the public. So come join us!