Pollinator Workshop

 Details:

Join us on July 29th at 11:00am!

Workshop to be presented by Devra He’ui Kitterman, retired owner/operator of He’ui Horticultural Services for 27 years, who has continued her passion for plants, wildlife, and environmental issues by becoming a beekeeper and advocate for pollinators and habitat conservation.
This workshop is going to be very special. Dr. Vonnie Shields (Associate Dean, Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and Professor, Biological Sciences Department, Towson University) is an expert on exploring the importance of olfactory (sense of smell) cues in the selection of food sources. She does this by carrying out olfactory structural, behavioral, and physiological studies. Don’t worry, we don’t understand it either, but Vonnie will be giving a presentation on the important role that insects play in the pollination process. She will delve into details about the specific sensory organs used by one particular moth species and discuss the volatile odorants used by this insect to navigate to its food sources. She will provide a hands-on demonstration of how odorants play a key role in food source location and the pollination process.

The Workshop will be held at:

Maryland Agricultural Resource Council
1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Cost: This workshop is free, but a $10 donation to benefit the pollinator plantings at MARC is greatly appreciated!

Topics to be discussed:

 

– What is Stewardship?
– What is a pollinator?
– The current status of bees and other pollinators.
– What do bees like and need?
– Attracting and Observing Pollinators
– Creating Beneficial Pollinator Habitat
– Making Choices for Limited Space
– Light exposure and why it’s important
– Providing Water for pollinators
– Chemicals and The Lawn Industrial Complex
– Preparing Soil
– Where is your honey coming from?

Handouts will be provided.
This event will be held indoors, no need for any gear, but bring a sweater as the room can be chilly. You also may want to bring a pen to take notes.

Please RSVP here:

Come by early or stay late and have lunch on the farm!
Keep an eye out for future workshop dates!