2022 Webinar | Plight of the Pollinator: Conservation Threats and the Natural History of Virginia’s Native Bees

Common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) visiting native horse-nettle (Solanum carolinense) to gather pollen. Photo by Charlotte Lorick

Thank you to those of you who attended this webinar on April 7, 2022. Featured speakers Celia Vuocolo, Private Lands Biologist with Quail Forever and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Sam Droege, Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey presented about the conservation threats and natural history of Virginia’s native bees, and what you can do to support them.

Their presentations provided an overview of pollination biology, guidelines for creating pollinator habitat and an overview of our most at-risk native bees.

Resources and links mentioned in the presentations:

Private Lands Biologists coverage areas: https://dwr.virginia.gov/quail/

Pollen Specialist Bees of the Eastern US: https://jarrodfowler.com/specialist_bees.html

Native Plant Nursery list: https://vnps.org/native-plant-nursery-list/

“Ask a Bumble Bee” volunteer project: Contact Jenan El-Hifnawi bumblebeecount@gmail.com to learn more and participate

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *