More than just the buzz: Using ecological data to restore native pollination systems (and why it matters)

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Bombus fervidus on a Purple Giant Hyssop

Join Dr. Robert J. Gegear to learn what you can do to maximize biodiversity in your own backyard by creating pollination systems that are at risk of local extinction.  He will also discuss his Beecology Citizen Science Project, highlighting recent examples of how communities from across Massachusetts have used his native plant list to successfully restore pollination systems in areas with high levels of human disturbance, including parks, golf courses, old fields with invasives/non-natives, agricultural areas, conservation lands, and school campuses.

Co-sponsored by Newton Conservators, Friends of Cold Spring Park, Green Newton, and Mothers Out Front Newton.

Dr. Robert J. Gegear is a Professor in the Department of Biology at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has been studying the neuroecology and conservation of plant-pollinator systems for over 25 years.  Dr. Gegear is the founder of the Beecology Project, a citizen science project uses eco-technology to protect and restore plant-pollinator systems native to New England.

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