On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, Lindsay Miller Barranco from the vanEnglesdorp Bee Lab at the University of Maryland spoke on the importance of bees, native bees and honey bees. The program covered:

  • a description of native bees (both ground nesting and tube nesting),
  • what individuals can do to enhance their environments through floral plantings and optimizing sites for native bee nesting,
  • challenges native bees and honey bees face, and
  • the history and biology of honey bee colonies and how they are utilized in commercial agriculture for pollination in the U.S.

With Video


This webinar is part one of a two part series. Part 2, ‘Are Pollinators Being Supported in Newton?‘, will be heldĀ on Thursday, April 27 at 7pm and will be a presentation on how well Newton is doing in supporting our native bees and pollinators, and features speaker Professor Richard Primack.

This program is cosponsored by the Newton Free Library, Green Newton, and Newton Conservators.