Anyone in Washington DC? If so, head over to the National Museum of Natural History to learn about pollinators in urban landscapes!
Fun fact: there are LOTS of native bee species in urban areas!! Preliminary results of a study that hasn’t been published yet compared rare bee diversity in agricultural, urban, and forested settings – and interestingly, urban settings won out a good portion of the time! Why? We’ll have to wait and find out when her publications come out. But an initial hypothesis of mine is that urban landscapes offer lots of structural complexity where bees can create nests, and that people plant lots of diverse flowers in their window boxes, gardens, and landscaped areas.
Description of the event from the website:
“The Buzz About Urban Pollinators
Join moderator Timothy Beatley, professor at the University of Virginia and founder of the Biophilic Cities Network, Gary Krupnick, conservation biologist at the National Museum of Natural History, Catherine Werner, sustainability director for the City of St. Louis, and other experts for a discussion about projects that are benefiting both people and pollinators in urban environments.
Learn about successful projects such as St. Louis’s “Milkweed for Monarchs” initiative, as well as Smithsonian research, including the National Museum of Natural History’s Pollinator Garden. Participants will discuss government and grassroots recommendations for sustaining healthy pollinator populations.”
Feature image is the same one on the event web page and was taken by Katja Shulz, Smithsonian.