National Pollinator Week is coming up: June 20-26. In celebration, we will be hosting a series of 3 (free!) webinars about some of our favorite insects! Here’s the schedule:
June 21, 1:00-2 pm: Join Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, to chat about carpenter bees. They make sawdust of your porch, and they hover in your face every spring. Do you know what they are really up to inside those tunnels? In this talk, we’ll take a closer look at the life cycle and lifestyle of your biggest bee neighbors.
June 22, 1:00-2 pm: Join John Gerwin, Research Curator (Ornithology) and Educator (Nature-ology) with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, as he discusses butterflies and moths of North Carolina. John will discuss his years of gardening with native plants in an urban, west Raleigh setting, and showcase some of the many butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) that these plants attract. When John and his wife moved into their house in 2005, he documented a dozen butterflies that first year in the front and back yards. As of 2021 he has documented 44 species. Some are regular, others rather transient, but each adds to the old adage: build it, and they will come.
June 23, 1:00-2 pm: Join Lenny Lampel, Natural Resources Supervisor with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources, as he discusses the fascinating world of beneficial insects. This presentation will introduce you to the diversity of insect life around us and the extremely important roles that they play in the environment. There will also be a discussion on the decline of insects and some of the current projects and efforts to better understand and protect them and their habitats. This is a great opportunity to learn about the impacts that insects have on our lives and the world that we live in.
***Sign up for one, or sign up for all! We can’t wait to see you there!**