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CANCELLED Speaker Series: Bees, Ucluelet

March 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

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The Bees Needs: Why pollinators are in trouble and how you can support them with flowers

with Dr. Elizabeth Elle, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm
George Fraser Room @ Ucluelet Community Center (500 Matterson Rd)

$5 at the door

You’ve probably seen it in the news: the bees are in trouble.  Much of the press is on the managed honey bee, an important component of agricultural systems.  But many of the earth’s 20,000 other species of bee—and some of the 450 species we have here in BC—are experiencing population declines, and these insects provide essential pollination services not only to crops but also to wild plants.  What can you do to help provide the bees needs, and reduce their risk of extinction?  In this presentation, you’ll learn about the amazing diversity of wild pollinators, how critical they are for plant reproduction, and how gardens as well as natural areas can provide both food and nests to support them.

Elizabeth Elle is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU.  Formerly a high school teacher, she returned to university to foster a career that combined the pursuit of learning with her love of teaching.  She has been a member of national (the Canadian Pollination Initiative) and international (the Integrated Crop Pollination Project) research collaborations aimed at protecting pollinators and enhancing pollination services to wildflowers and crops.  She is also an award-winning teacher dedicated to both traditional university education and public engagement with the important conservation issues of our day.  Elizabeth recently became the inaugural Vice Provost for Learning and Teaching at SFU, and although much of her time is now dedicated to her administrative role, she really just wants everyone to know that bees are awesome, and if you are worried about pollinator declines you should plant a garden.

This talk will also be held in Tofino:

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Ecolodge Classroom @ Tofino Botanical Gardens (1084 Pacific Rim Hwy)


Whether you are into bugs that break down decaying forest debris and turn over soil or sea butterflies that help us monitor ocean acidification, there is something to capture your heart in this year’s Raincoast Speaker Series. Join us for 5 different topics from January to March, each an in-depth examination of one special tiny yet fascinating creature. Expert speakers will share their tales of discovery, and the big roles these tiny animals play.

Raincoast Speaker Series punchcard – attend all five topics to be entered in a draw for an amazing prize!

This year’s topics are:  Carpenter Ants, Pteropods, Krill, Barnacles, and Bees

New this year we will be offering the series in parallel in Ucluelet and Tofino. That means two opportunities to see each speaker.

Thank you to Pacific Sands Beach Resort for providing accommodation for our speakers again this year!

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March 18, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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Ucluelet Community Centre
500 Matterson Drive
Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0 Canada


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