Explore the world of bees and their relationship with flowers. Start the day at the College of Idaho learning about the different kinds of bees found in Idaho, their ecological roles, and how to recognize the different groups. At 11:30 take a break for lunch and then meet at the Idaho Botanical Garden to tour the grounds to focus on the floral features of bee-friendly plants, watch bee behaviors, and try your hand at identification. Time will also be spent discussing gardening practices that will allow bees to flourish.
Instructor: Dr. Ron Bitner, Bitner Vineyards; Dr. Craig Baird, retired U of I Extension entomologist; James Strange, USDA, Logan Utah, bee lab biologist; Dr. Barbara Ertter, Natural History Collections of The College of Idaho, and University and Jepson Herbaria, UC-Berkeley; IBG staff
Cost: IBG Member: $40, Non-Member: $40
Location: College of Idaho, Caldwell, Boone Hall; Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise, Classroom. Transportation between sites not provided.