“Protecting our Pollinators” Conference Feb. 27

A five-spotted hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) drinks nectar from the Colorado Springs evening primrose (Oenothera harringtonii) as the flower begins to open. Pueblo West, Colorado, May 2008. Photo: Krissa Skogen

A five-spotted hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) drinks nectar from the Colorado Springs evening primrose (Oenothera harringtonii) as the flower begins to open. Pueblo West, Colorado, May 2008. Photo: Krissa Skogen

Brookside Gardens in Wheaton (MD) is sponsoring a conference on pollinator conservation next month.  The program itself will be at the Silver Spring Civic Center, and will feature local bee phenom Sam Droege, in addition to what promises to be an interesting talk by Northwestern U/Chicago Botanic Garden conservation biological Krissa Skogen.  One of her research interests is co-evolution of flower scent and shape with hawkmoths; she’s done some especially elegant work on the pollination and herbivory guild of Colorado Springs evening primrose.

Cool Youtube video of Manduca pollinating Oenothera

 
Brookside’s description and a link to the event page are below.

 
>>We simply cannot survive without pollinators. An astonishing 80% of the world’s plant species require a pollinator to reproduce: plants that not only feed and shelter not only us, but are absolutely essential within Earth’s ecosystems. This relationship between flora and fauna is being challenged on all sides by habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and more. Come together with the experts at this year’s Green Matters to learn what you can do- at work or at home- to protect our pollinators!

 

Green Matters Symposium: Protecting our Pollinators


Friday, February 27, 8:30am to 4:00pm


Silver Spring Civic Center

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2 Responses to “Protecting our Pollinators” Conference Feb. 27

  1. madambutterflynz says:

    “this Friday”? Think it’s a month away – or perhaps there are two conferences… A bit hard to know when I don’t know the geography of N America.

  2. Rick says:

    You’re so right! End of Feb. Will edit the post!!

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