What’s the Buzz?
Pollinators! What comes to mind? Honey bees? What about the 430 native bee species, just in Maryland? This April, two linked programs, led by biologist and Bioblitz creator Sam Droege, will address the issues behind the disappearance of our pollinators and have you seeing bees in a whole new way.
The two-part program, Beeing up Close with Sam Droege, begins on First Friday in Chestertown on April 1 at 5:00 p.m. In SANDBOX, at 107 S. Cross Street, Droege will exhibit and talk about some of his remarkable photographs of bees. At the second event, on April 19 at Hynson Lounge, Droege will talk about how loss of habitat threatens all bee species, and explains how what we plant can help or hinder Maryland’s native bees.
Both programs are free and open to the public. After his talk, Doege will be available to sign his book, Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World, proceeds of which help fund his research on native bees.
Droege has spent most of his career as a biologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, Cricket Crawl, and FrogwatchUSA programs. Currently, he’s developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, online identification guides for Native American bees at www.discoverlife.org, and with Eric Ross he’s reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program.
Droege’s exhibit and lecture are co-sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College, SANDBOX Initiative, the McLain Program, and the Department for Environmental Science and Studies.