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Natives bees of Georgia: who they are, what they’re doing, and how you can help

June 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Date: June 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Venue Name: Atlanta Botanical Garden Mershon Hall
Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA United States

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Organizer Name: Atlanta Science Tavern
  • Look for us in Mershon Hall. It’s the building immediately to the left as you approach the Chihuly Parterre Fountain from the Garden entrance.
  • – This event is a production of the Atlanta Botanical Garden as part of their annual Science Café series.
    – The Science Café is free with Garden admission. You can find admission prices here.
    – As part of your admission, the Garden is open from 6-10 pm Thursday evenings from May through September for Cocktails in the Garden.
    – Refer to this page for directions, parking, and public transportation options.

    Natives bees of Georgia: who they are, what they’re doing, and how you can help

    Nicholas G. Stewart, Pollination Biologist/Taxonomist
    Georgia Native Pollinator Assessment
    University of Georgia

    In recent years, bees have grown in the public spotlight. From news concerning Colony Collapse Disorder to the affect pesticides have on pollinators, it seems the world is beginning to embrace the importance of these vital creatures.

    However, when the word ‘bee’ is uttered, most people think of one – or at most three – types: the honeybee, bumblebees and carpenter bees. In reality, there are over 20,000 species of bee worldwide – with nearly 4,000 residing in the United States alone.

    Please join us at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s first Science Café of the 2017 season to hear University of Georgia entomologist Nicholas Stewart discuss the diversity and behavior of this enigmatic group of insects. Are you curious as to what species might be living in your backyard? Or, what they may be doing for your garden or landscape? And, how best can you attract them, and help to encourage their continued existence on your own property?

    Descriptions into how to identify the diverse variety of bees will be covered, as well as what makes these organisms tick. The interplay between the plants you chose to grow, and the impact of those choices upon this fascinating community will be the focus of this discussion. Using current research from around the country, and our own findings from Georgia itself, spend some time learning about the native bees of Georgia.