Susan Willis Chan says, "When it comes to flowers, field crops, fruit and vegetables, our native bees are the workhorses of the pollinator world. Find out more on January 24, when bee advocate Susan Willis Chan will present an intriguing story of diversity, starring our native bees. After years of bee research and field work, Susan has many photos to share and stories to tell about bee behaviour and the services bees provide to our backyards and farm crops. Native bees are facing big challenges in agricultural environments. Susan will explain the foraging scenarios provided by farm crops, and the purposeful pollinator habitat created by farmers and others. The effects of insecticide exposure on bees, as well as pesticide exposure routes will be detailed."
As past program manager at Farms at Work, Susan has worked with many landowners to help create and preserve healthy habitat for native bees and other natural pollinators. Susan will share some new scientific information from her own bee research. She is now working full time on her Ph.D. She teaches Sustainable Agriculture at Trent University. Susan holds a B.Sc. (Agriculture) from McGill University, M.Sc. Environmental Biology (Pollination) from the University of Guelph, and B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario.
The entrance fee of $5.00 per person, a donation - or a sponsorship - helps cover costs. Children are free. For more information, contact Ray Wellman at (613) 848-7697