Native Bees of the Central Valley: Biology, Conservation Status, and the Role of Climate Change
Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights speaker series on Thursday, February 7 will highlight “Native Bees of the Central Valley: Biology, Conservation Status, and the Role of Climate Change” presented by Angela Laws, Ph.D., Monarch and Pollinator Ecologist with The Xerces Society. California is home to 1,600 species of bees which provide valuable pollination services in agricultural lands, natural areas, and our parks and home gardens. Join Angela to learn more about the biology of native bees in the Central Valley. She’ll talk about the conservation status of our native bees and discuss reasons why native bees are declining. In particular, Angela will present on the many ways that climate change can affect native bees. Finally, she’ll discuss what actions you can take to help protect native bees, including ways to make our cities and towns more climate friendly for pollinators.
Based in Sacramento, Angela Laws is working on habitat restoration for pollinators and monarch butterflies in the Central Valley. Angela has over 15 years of experience studying arthropods in grassland habitats, including studies of how climate change can affect species interactions. She received a M.S. in Ecology from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.
Flyway Nights is a monthly speaker series highlighting environmental issues, natural history of Northern California, and current research topics in conservation. Yolo Basin Foundation hosts Flyway Nights the first Thursday of the month from November to April at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road). Note that only the November event is on the second Thursday of the month.
A $5 donation to support the Foundation’s wetland education programs is suggested. Yolo Basin Foundation members are free. For the complete schedule and more information, visit www.yolobasin.org/flywaynights or call Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780.