Megachile fortis from Badlands National Park, SD. Photo courtesy of the USGS Bee Lab website

I love talking about bees and gardening. Please contact me if you’d like me to come talk to your group. I’ve got a few talks available but am always happy to customize it for your group.

Available talks:

  • Masons, Miners, and Thieves—The Real Lives of America’s Bees Did a bee go extinct because of greenhouse tomatoes? Why is a bee nicknamed Cinderella? Follow a gardener’s adventures into the field with bee scientists and farmers to explore the lives of bees. Tucked into stories where bees build turrets and paint walls are lessons on how bees live—and how our gardens can help them. Based on the book Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them.
  • Bring in the Natives (Bees That Is) for More and Better Fruit Honey bees don’t do it all, especially not in home gardens. On chill, gray days when honey bees stay in, shivering in their hives, some of our native bees are out pollinating. Even city gardens can host a variety of native bees and making a home for them is much easier than keeping honey bees. Learn how inviting a variety of bees into the garden may produce not only more fruit, but better fruit too.
  • Meet the Neighbors—Bees in PNW Gardens
    Gardens can be a haven for all sorts of bees. The U.S. and Canada have 4000 species of bees. The Columbia Basin has nearly 650 species, Seattle has nearly 100 (so far). Learn about our bees–who they are, how to recognize them, what makes them different from a wasp. Discover hands-on ways to help bees both locally, by modifying your garden, and globally, by participating in citizen science projects like the Great Sunflower Project.
  • Gardening for Bees and Other Pollinators This talk covers the basics. What is a bee and how does one tell a bee from some of its lookalikes? Who are some of our bees and how are they different from honey bees? What do bees and other pollinators need and how does one make a home for them in the garden? This talk is fairly informal and aimed at smaller groups since I bring books, bees, and other visual aids. It can be run without audiovisual equipment and is ideal for nurseries where good pollinator plants can be brought in and talked about.