What’s the Buzz? Our Native Bees

Saturday, April 27, 2024
10:00am – 2:00pm

$35 per person
Ages 12 and up welcome
Meet at the Dwight Center

You are likely quite familiar with the widespread non-native European honeybee, but did you know that California is home to 1,600 species of native bees? These bees are key pollinators, vital to the health of our crops and natural ecosystems. Richly diverse, our native bees vary greatly in color, size, shape, behavior, and habitat. They range in size from tiny – less than one quarter inch, to hulking – sometimes over one inch long. Our native bee friends also include emerald green sweat bees, orange fuzzy “teddy bear” carpenter bees, mining bees, leafcutter bees, mason bees, and cuckoo bees. 

Join Kandis Gilmore, SSU biologist and pollinator enthusiast, for a day celebrating the diversity and importance of our native bees. You will be introduced to common bee families, genera, and species. Gain a glimpse into the lives of bees by exploring their adaptations, plant relationships, and behaviors. We will also share resources for you to learn how to support native bees through habitat gardening, community science, and more. 

This event includes an introductory presentation in the classroom, followed by an exploration in the field to explore bees in their habitat. The class will conclude back at the classroom to share resources and inspiration for future ways to engage with our native bees. We will break for lunch part way through the programming, potentially in the field, so please bring a bag lunch. 

This weekend is also the City Nature Challenge! You are invited to take photos of bees (and other living beings) and upload them to iNaturalist as part of this year’s City Nature Challenge. Help us get more bee species documented at Pepperwood, and contribute data to community science for the larger Bay Area region! Learn more about how to participate in the City Nature Challenge by clicking here. 

Instructor: Kandis Gilmore
Kandis Gilmore is broadly trained in organismal biology and ecology. She has worked as a field assistant in the rocky intertidal, oak woodlands, and vernal pool grassland ecosystems. She received her Master’s of Science degree from Sonoma State Biology Department in 2017. Her master’s thesis research focused on pollinators of three of Sonoma County’s endemic and endangered vernal pool plant species Blennosperma bakeri (Sonoma sunshine), Limnanthes vinculans (Sebastopol meadowfoam, and Lasthenia burkei (Burke’s Goldfields). Kandis serves on the Board of Directors of Conservation Works, and served as president of the Pacific Coast Entomological Society during 2020-2021. She enjoys participating in biodiversity outreach events, spending time outdoors with her family, and is currently learning to play the ukulele.

Ease of Access/Hike Level: This event includes a hike of up to 2 miles. This includes traveling over varied terrain with inclines and uneven surfaces, including some time off-trail. Bathrooms and water are available at the event meeting location.

Weather & Cancellations: This event will go on in light rain. However, it could be canceled in the case of heavy storms, unhealthy air quality or other unforeseen circumstances. In the case of cancellation, registrants will be notified via email.

Though we love dogs, pets are not allowed on the reserve. When visiting Pepperwood, please leave pets at home for their wellbeing and that of our wildlife. Thank you.

Please, no smoking at Pepperwood.

COVID Protocols: Masks are not required. Please practice good health hygiene.  If you do not feel well, please do not attend.

Event Image: photo by Michelle Halbur

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For questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Manager, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 124.

Registration opens for the public on Monday, January 15, 2024.

2024-04-27 10:00 2024-04-27 14:00 America/Los_Angeles What’s the Buzz? Our Native Bees

Saturday, April 27, 2024 10:00am – 2:00pm $35 per person Ages 12 and up welcome Meet at the Dwight Center You are likely quite familiar with the widespread non-native European honeybee, but did you know that California is home to 1,600 species of native bees? These bees are key pollinators, vital to the health of […]

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