Bees are the flower children of the natural world. Most feed exclusively on pollen and nectar produced by flowers to provision their nests for the young of the next generation. In the process, they transfer pollen within flowers, or between flowers in the same plant, or in different plants, ensuring the production of seeds for plants. There is growing concern over the fate of honey bees (originally from Europe) as well as that of many species of native bees given the challenges of habitat destruction, insecticide use and parasites.
Native bees come in all shapes, colors and forms. They have nesting habits and plant preferences of many kinds. Some nest in the ground, others inside twigs and reeds, some make their nests out of mud. Some species utilize few species of related plants, others are more general in their preferences. Almost one thousand species have been documented so far in Colorado. Counties in the San Luis Valley have between 50 and 100 species recorded. Efforts are ongoing at cataloging, studying and protecting this pivotal group of insects locally, nationally and worldwide.
As part of the Baca National Wildlife Refuge’s Summer Tour/Talk Series, Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril, a renowned bee expert, will offer a presentation at the Baca Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, August 8 at 5pm. In her presentation, Dr. Messinger-Carril will highlight the role(s) bees play in renewing floral resources through their efforts as pollinators. She will also discuss the possible implications of climate change on bee-plant relationships across the flowering season.
Olivia Messinger Carril, PhD has been studying native bees and the plants they visit for over 20 years. She completed a Master’s Degree in 2006 at Utah State University, establishing a long-term ecological study of the environmental factors influencing bee diversity in Grand Staircase-Esacalante National Monument. In 2013 she received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, studying a specialist bee and its host flowers. She has authored many publications including the book, The Bees in your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees, a comprehensive and accessible guide to North American bees.
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