The Value of Native Bees: Feeding and Supporting Our Communities.


Photo by Mary Beth Cary

The Value of Native Bees: Feeding and Supporting Our Communities” will be the topic of a presentation at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College in Salisbury on Thursday, April 26.

Nancy Adamson, a pollinator conservation specialist with the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will talk about some of the 500 native bees that help bring food to our tables and enrich our communities. She will highlight native bees, their importance in local food production and their connections to our native plants, wildlife, and watersheds. She will also share resources for better supporting pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects that reduce crop pests.

Adamson supports habitat restoration on farms and in communities in the Southeast.  She earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Virginia Tech with research focused on native bees important for crop pollination and an M.S. in natural resource sciences from the University of Maryland.  In addition to her work inventorying natural areas, collecting native seeds, propagating native plants and restoring riparian habitat, she served as a farm hand at Wheatland Vegetable Farms, taught handicapped children in Tunisia with the Peace Corps and helped the Itza-Maya protect their communal forest in Petén, Guatemala.

Adamson’s speech is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Room 300 of the Center for the Environment. At 6 p.m. attendees may browse informational booths and snack on tastings provided by Bread Riot. The presentation is free and open to the public but registration is required.

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