Bees and biodiversity

Photo Jerry FreilichEntomologist Jerry Freilich, recently retired as Olympic National Park’s research coordinator, will present Bees and Biodiversity on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the QUUF.

Most people can name perhaps three or four kinds of bees. They are incredulous to learn that there are actually close to 4,000 species of native bees in North America and this does not include honey bees (which are non-native). One of Freilich’s most recent projects was an effort to find and identify as many bee species as possible in Olympic National Park.

Grindelia integrifolia Entire-leaved GumweedThis talk will explain why bees are so difficult to study. Most are tiny, fast-flying and inconspicuous. They go about their jobs, don’t interact with people, and generally fly below human radar.

Join us for this special program to learn more!

The program begins at 7 pm in the QUUF’s sanctuary hall on San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend. This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of five dollars.