Kim Bacon, an Austin master naturalist, will present a program on “Making a Difference: Native Bees and Bee Gardens” on April 14 at the Gillespie County Agricultural Extension Building, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg, beginning at 7:00PM. This native bee program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their nature series programs held monthly during the school year. The free program is open to the public.
Bacon, a native Texan, was a founding member of the volunteer organization, Texas Bee Watchers, whose purpose is to understand the native bee populations in Texas and promote their reproduction and roles as pollinators in the natural ecosystems of Texas. The number of Texas native bee species is not known, but estimates indicate between 800 to 900 species may exist. Native bee lifestyles differ in many ways from those of the non-native honeybees.
Bacon will discuss the different lifestyles of Texas’ native bees, the role Texas Bee Watchers have in native bee research, and how gardeners and naturalists can attract native bees to their landscapes. Bacon will emphasize the importance of bee populations in their role as pollinators of flowering plants. She will discuss simple additions that can be done to encourage the pollinators to reside in gardens and native landscapes.
For more information on this program and the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, please call Jane Crone at 830-990-9823.