The Wild Bee Monitoring Club is a club that has operated for the past two summers (2017 & 2018) and will be offered again by High Park Nature Centre in 2019!

The club is 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.

More details available at High Park Nature Centre

Wild Bees in High Park; Bees in Trees and Bee-yond!
Thursday, July 11th 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Talk Description

This talk will provide an overview of Susan's PhD research with wild bee communities in temperate forests. Specifically, her research investigates the arrangement of honeydew-producing insects in sugar maple canopies and how bees respond to honeydew as an alternative to floral nectar. Building upon this, she has also examined the distribution of temperate forest bees between the ground and forest canopy and how functional diversity can predict how bees use vertical space within these systems. 

In addition, she will briefly talk about some of the activities and findings from the Wild Bee Club that takes place weekly on Saturday mornings at the High Park Nature Center. 

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