EVENTS

Wild Bee Club at High Park Nature Centre

The Wild Bee Monitoring Club will be devoted to monitoring native bees as citizen scientists for 1.5 hours per session with host Susan Frye, a PhD candidate from the University of Toronto. The club aims to explore native bees, their role in pollination and how habitats support native bees in the OURSpace learning garden and other areas of High Park, observing them as they emerge, create new nests, and interact with flowering plants in the vicinity. We will also identify plants that are used by native bees and wasps for food and nest building, and will explore their flower architecture. A major component of this club will use the Sonic SolitariesAudio Bee Cabinet  - an observable nest site for bees in OURSpace - to encompass a sensory experience with stem nesting bees and wasps, and to record weekly activity at the cabinet. Pairing magnified views in tandem with amplified sound via headphones, the cabinet facilitates an enhanced perception of its tiny inhabitants: solitary bees and wasps and other nest biota in action, up close. As citizen scientists, we can gather and record observations to compile them into a database that will contribute to our growing understanding of native bees, the native (and non-native) plants they use for food and nest material sources, their co-evolution, and how pollination in a park and restored habitat setting is facilitated by native bees.   Videos and more about the subject matter are posted at Resonating Bodies.

Register

Upcoming Talks

Intro to Beekeeping
and Native Bees in 
Haliburton Forest    
Thommy Thompson Park Butterfly Festival
All the Buzz on Wild Bee Club!
Pollinator Nature Walk

Date: Saturday, August 18th, 1:30-3:00PM

Location: Thommy Thompson Park, Toronto, ON


Natural History Speaker Series at Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve LTD.

Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, 7:00-8:00PM

Location: Seminar Building in Base Camp at Haliburton Forest


Summer Speaker Series
Buzz Talks, 2018

Date: Wednesday, September 19th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: High Park Nature Centre, Toronto, ON


Details
Details
Details
PAST EVENTS
Temperate forest bees: Habitat use, resources, and distribution based on functional traits

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Free e-lecture as part of the Canadian Institute of Forestry's student e-lecture series. Register in advance by emailing electures@cif-ifc.org.
Butterfly Festival at Tommy Thompson Park

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Join me for a bee/pollinator walk at Tommy Thomson Park in Toronto, ON during their Butterfly Festival. Pollinator walk will run from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. See link here for additional information about the festival. 
Natural History Lecture Series:
The buzz about the bees at Haliburton Forest

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Free admission! This event is part of the Natural History Presentation series. The presentation will run from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the seminar building at the Haliburton Forest Base Camp. For more information visit here , or contact their main office at 1-800-631-2198 (Ext. Main office).
High Park "Little Bioblitz"

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A one day event to engage citizen scientists in a family-freindly environment to various taxa found in OURspace at the High Park Nature Centre . Join me for a workshop at 10:00 a.m. that will introduce you to bee ID tips, common species to be expected, an identification hike and wrap up of data and observations collected. 
Join us this summer at our bee monitoring club devoted to monitoring native bees as citizen scientists at High Park. The club meets weekly for 1.5 hours at the High Park Nature Centre with host Susan Frye, a PhD candidate from the University of Toronto. The club aims to explore native bees in the vicinity at the genus level as they emerge from nests. We will also identify plants in the vicinity that are used by native bees and wasps for food and nest building. A major component of this club will use the Audio Bee Cabinet located at the High Park Nature Centre to encompass a sensory experience with stem nesting bees and wasps, and to record weekly activity at the cabinet. As citizen scientists, we can gather and record observations to compile them into a data base that will contribute to our growing understanding of native bees. This club is suitable for people ages 12 +. For more information, please contact Susan at s.frye@mail.utoronto.ca.
Attendees, please meet at the west varanda at the High Park Nature Centre.
Expired

Come see ground nesting bees
(Colletes spp.!)

High Park has the perfect habitat for several Toronto bee species. At one south facing hilly area within the park, there's a special occurance where Colletes spp., a ground nesting "celophane" bee, aggrigates in large numbers. If you're interested in bees, this is a phenomenal experience to be had. So please, join us to see these bees in action!
Expired