Wildlife on Tap Lecture Series: The People-Pollinator-Biodiversity Connection

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Date/Time
Date(s) - February 26, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Cape Cod Beer
Hyannis

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Pollinators are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide due to human-induced rapid environmental change. These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply and consequently, there has been major focus on the development and implementation of conservation strategies aimed to increase pollinator abundance in agricultural areas. However, the ecological needs of 98% of wild pollinator species are not considered in such strategies because they do not visit crop plants. These wild pollinators play a critical role in maintaining the function and diversity of natural ecosystems through their unique relationship with native flowering plant species – the products of native plant pollination, for example, provide food, shelter, and nesting habitat for birds and other wildlife. The continued degradation of native pollination systems therefore poses a significant threat to life on our planet. Please join Dr. Robert J. Gegear for a discussion on what you can do to help protect and restore our native pollination systems, and the ecological networks that they support, in your own backyard.

Dr. Robert J. Gegear is a Professor in the Department of Biology at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Gegear’s research focuses on the neuroecology and conservation of plant-pollinator interactions, with particular focus on bumblebees pollination systems.

MA Audubon Member $10, Non-member $13

Pre-registration is required. For more information call 508-362-7475 or visit website: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/long-pasture/71396-wildlife-on-tap-lecture-series-the-people-pollinator-biodiversity-connection



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