Saturday, March 6, 2021

Seventh Annual BEEvent Pollinator Conference
Saturday, March 6, 2021 • 9:00am-4:00pm
ONLINE EVENT • Linn County Master Gardener Association

This year, we’re taking our Seventh Annual BEEvent Pollinator Conference online. Due to the necessary restrictions for COVID-19 safety, hosting an in-person event isn’t possible in 2021, so we’re hosting a virtual conference. We have a great lineup of speakers, and this year you can watch and listen in the comfort of your own home!

A link to the archived videos of the conference will also be provided a couple weeks after the event, in case you miss any of it or suffer from “Zoom fatigue.”

We’re proud to present a great lineup of speakers:

Jim Cane: (James H. Cane) – BEE All You Can: Creating a Bee Haven with Room and Board.

Native bee and pollination ecologist Emeritus USDA-ARS Bee Lab, Logan, Utah. Owner of WildBeecology

Jim Cane has spent many of the past four decades studying the nesting and pollination ecologies of native non-social bees of North America and elsewhere. He has studied pollination and pollinators of alfalfa, cranberries, blueberries, squashes, almonds, onions, and raspberries, as well as 13+ native wildflower seed crops used for restoration seed. He has published on native bee nesting biologies, chemical ecologies, foraging behaviors, floral specializations, community dynamics and conservation, especially with regard to wildfire. He has multiplied 5 species of native Osmia bees for these applications. (Read More)

Kate (Kathryn) LeCroy – Citizen Scientist-Fueled Research: Documenting Wild Native Bee Declines in North America

PhD Candidate Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia

Kate LeCroy is a PhD Candidate at the University of Virginia studying mason bees with T’ai Roulston. Over the last three years, Kate has partnered closely with 200+ citizen science program participants to monitor mason bee diversity and disease ecology across Virginia. Pre-pandemic, Kate would spend her time each spring driving 2,500+ miles around the nooks and crannies of Virginia to visit her program participants, delivering monitoring equipment and answering any of their questions in person. Along with running training webinars and coordinating this 12-week monitoring project each year, Kate identifies the springtime mason bees and fungal associates from each location and shares these data back with participants.

August Jackson – Bees of the Willamette Valley

August Jackson works as the Interpretation Coordinator at Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to his work at the Arboretum, August has expertise in the native bees of the Pacific Northwest and is an instructor with the Oregon Bee Atlas out of Oregon State University. He has authored a comprehensive guide to the Bees of the Willamette Valley, and has discovered bee species new to the state of Oregon. August is a passionate science communicator and frequently delivers talks and leads classes on native bees and pollination ecology around the state.

Lincoln Best – Update on Oregon Bee Atlas Project

And much more!

Technology requirements:

A computer, laptop, or tablet capable of running Zoom. You can run a test here: Zoom Note: this will download Zoom to your device
A strong, reliable internet connection
Speakers or headphones
You will not need a computer camera or microphone to participate.
Please join the conference a few minutes early to ensure that the necessary Zoom software updates are downloaded to your computer.

All registered participants will receive a private link to the recorded presentations soon after the conference. No refunds will be offered.

The link to join the conference will be sent in a separate email the week of the conference to the email you used to register.

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