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Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27

Celebrate the impact of pollinators during Pollinator Week June 21-27. The following campus event will be hosted by Staff Senate’s Resources and Environment Committee as part of its Sustainability Partners event series.

Diversity of Native Bees with Dr. Hannah Levenson
June 21, 11 a.m. – noon 
Learn about the who, the how, and the what of native bees. Attendees will learn about the diversity of native bees in North Carolina and how these species can differ in their habitats and behaviors. We will discuss what can be done to support these important organisms as well as what is already being done through examples of ongoing research in NC and beyond.
Register at go.ncsu.edu/native-bees

Developing Habitats for Birds and Bees in Your Home Garden
June 22, noon – 1 p.m. 
Learn how to create habitats for bees and birds in your home garden. Debbie Hamrick, Director of Specialty Crops at NC Farm Bureau Federation, will speak about her personal garden and why she became interested in developing habitats for birds and bees. She’ll also discuss her work with the NC Farm Bureau Federation that is geared to commercial beekeepers, the green industry and the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance.
Register at go.ncsu.edu/birds-bees

How to be “Bat Friendly” Neighbors
June 23, noon – 1 p.m.
Join Becky Skiba from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission as we learn more about the benefit of bats and how to be “bat friendly” neighbors with little effort. Addressing small changes in landscaping and structure, how bats influence agricultural and forestry management, and the life needs of bats, we will explore how we attract bats and keep them active and healthy. We will also look at the conservation challenges facing bats in NC and around the world.
Register at go.ncsu.edu/bat-friendly

Let’s Talk Pollinator Gardening!
June 24, noon – 1 p.m.
Join Danesha Seth Carley and Anne Spafford of CALS as they discuss their latest book, Pollinator Gardening for the South: Creating Sustainable Habitats. Learn about planning, planting and maintaining successful and beautiful pollinator gardens from two experts in their field. They will answer questions about how to create beautiful pollinator gardens.
Register at go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-gardening

Bee Campus USA Scavenger Hunt and Presentation
June 25, noon – 1 p.m.
Join faculty from NC State’s Bee Campus USA committee to learn about the steps NC State has taken to receive certification as a Bee Campus USA for its ongoing efforts to conserve pollinator species. A bee scavenger hunt will start on Monday, June 21. Participants will be entered to win prizes, and winners will be announced at Friday’s virtual presentation.
Register at go.ncsu.edu/bee-campus

This post was originally published in Sustainability News.