Native bee biologist Mike Arduser will share many significant aspects of insect pollination of Missouri’s native plants. Arduser will showcase plants with particular pollination strategies—from spring through summer and into fall—and discuss their roles in supporting pollinators in our natural communities. Some of the plants Arduser will highlight are prairie trout lily, prairie willow, redbud, flowering dogwood, bird’s foot violet, penstemons, milkweeds, spiderwort, and evening primrose.
Basic characteristics of floral and pollinator biology will also be discussed, among them keystone plants, floral visitors vs. pollinators, pollination services vs. pollinator diversity, and generalists and specialists.
Arduser has been studying native bees and working with pollination ecologists throughout the Midwest for more than 30 years, and during that time has identified bees and other pollinators for many pollination projects and bee surveys, organized and taught courses on the identification and ecology of Midwestern bees for many conservation agencies and universities, and authored or co-authored a number of popular and scientific publications on bees and pollination ecology.
Mike worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation for 23 years, mostly as a natural history biologist, and was involved in a variety of habitat management and restoration efforts. He also served as the Department’s Insect Heritage biologist, and was the point person for several endangered species projects. He is currently assisting universities and conservation agencies with bee and pollination studies, working to expand the Discover Life bee guides into the prairie states, and preparing a manual on the bees of the tallgrass prairie region.
Cost: free to all MPF dues-paying members (including Grow Native! professional members) and $15 for non-members.
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