For a little background re this program: A few years ago, the GTM Research Reserve participated in a survey of the native bees on its property with the University of Florida. This was the first survey of the types and amounts of native bees in northeast FL in more than 70 years. All the bees collected were sent to UF, and shortly thereafter the professor overseeing the research retired. Then the biologist at GTM moved away, and the bees were forgotten in a lab on the UF campus. I don’t know of any published data that resulted from this survey.
However, recently the native bee lab on the UF campus has been restaffed, and the new staff members are bringing the bees back to the GTM Research Reserve for an introduction to them. Many other supportive exhibits will be included in this fun, family-friendly event. We are looking forward to welcoming interested beekeepers, gardeners and the public who would like to know more about these elusive pollinators.
This educational outreach program is included in the National Pollinator Week event drive to generate public appreciation of our pollinator friends.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018 3-4 P.M.
- University of Florida Lecture
-Native Garden Walk
- Free pollinator seeds
- Honey and native flowers for sale
- Garden Club of St. Augustine display
GTM Visitor Center
505 Guana River Rd, 32082
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