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‘Are Pollinators Being Supported in Newton?’

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, April 27 at 7pm. Online.

Join Professor Richard Primack for this program that follows up on last month’s Newton Free Library event on “The Importance of Bees: Native Bees and Honey Bees.” Professor Primack will present the results of a recent field survey of Newton’s pollinator community carried out by a team of Boston University undergraduate students under his direction. The Newton survey was designed to determine:

  • what major plants were being used by European honeybees and native pollinators,
  • whether honey bees were outcompeting native pollinators,
  • if pollinator gardens are benefitting native pollinators, and
  • if honeybees tended to visit cultivated plants and native pollinators tended to visit wild plants.

The lecture will be illustrated with photos and videos of Newton’s pollinators in action.

Richard Primack is Professor of Plant Ecology at Boston University and a lifelong Newton resident. His current research involves studying the effects of climate change on the flowering times of wildflowers and the leaf out times of trees. He is the author of university textbooks on Conservation Biology and the popular book Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods.

The event is co-sponsored by the Newton Free Library and Green Newton, and the login link will be sent from Green Newton. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder in case it lands there.