Join us for the first talk of our Wild Bee Buzz Talks Summer Speaker Series here at the High Park Nature Centre!
Dr. Colla will discuss the ecology and current conservation status of our native bee species. She will also discuss threats to our wild pollinators and give examples of ways individuals can help reverse declines.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Sheila R. Colla is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (Toronto, ON). She was among the first to quantify native bee declines in North America, which has since become an environmental issue of significant importance in the science community, public, landowners and for policymakers. Her research focuses on the differential vulnerabilities of native insect species and informs conservation management of at-risk species. Her papers range from being local to global in scale and are often highly collaborative. In addition to ecological work understanding habitat use, she runs a large citizen science program (BumbleBeeWatch.org) with various academic and NGO partners. Her graduate students are also interested in the human dimension of pollinator conservation such as examining evidence-based policy creation and public understanding of scientific issues. She is a co-author of "The Bumblebees of North American: An Identification Guide" (Princeton University Press, 2014) and is the North American coordinator for the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bumblebee Specialist Group.
This event is drop-in and suited to an adult and youth ages 8+ audience. Suggested donation is $5.