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Summer Speaker Series 2018
Wild Bee Buzz Talks!

Join us this summer to learn all about Toronto's native, wild bee populations in this year's Speaker Series, Wild Bee Buzz Talks!  Over the course of four lectures by local bee experts, we will explore everything from High Park's bee phenology, to urban bee survival skills, and the ways we can protect these vital insects for years to come. 

Presented in collaboration with City of Toronto

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July 11: ​The Buzz on Native Bees: How we can help species at-risk of extinction - Dr. Sheila Colla, York University

Wednesday, July 11th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM 

Speaker: Dr. Sheila Colla, York University

The Buzz on Native Bees: How we can help species at-risk of extinction

Talk Description:
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 ( 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.

$2-5 recommended donation
Ages 8+

August 1: Wild Bees and Architecture: a nexus of ecology and design - Dr. Scott MacIvor, University of Toronto

Wednesday, August 1st, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Dr. Scott MacIvor, University of Toronto 

Wild Bees and Architecture: a nexus of ecology and design

Talk Description:
We interact with bees and other pollinators often daily during the warm months in the city. Many of these animals live among us, and some even use infrastructure - including buildings and other structures to nest. This has led to the integration of their needs into the creative process of architecture, design, and materials development. In this talk we will examine existing and proposed products and designs that support pollinators and evaluate their viability and suitability in an urbanizing world.


Speaker Bio: 
Scott MacIvor is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Scott has held lecturing positions in biology, architecture, landscape design, and urban planning and has published widely on the intersection between these topics. Scott has contributed internationally to the development of animal-aided design, and the integration of biodiversity into urban infrastructure - especially bees, and especially in the City of Toronto.

$2-5 recommended donation
Ages 8+

August 15: A Bee's Life in the Urban Mosaic - Charlotte de Keyzer, University of Toronto

Wednesday, August 15th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Charlotte de Keyzer, University of Toronto 

A Bee's Life in the Urban Mosaic

Talk Description:
Cities are a mosaic of cultures, land use, plant diversity, temperature, buildings, and more. This patchiness of habitats and people make for an interesting life as a wild bee. In her Wild Bee Buzz Talk, Charlotte will take you on a journey exploring the life of bees in the city. What food is available to them and when? Where do they nest and for how long? And how do people factor into all of this? 


Speaker Bio: 
Charlotte de Keyzer is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. Her PhD research has taken her from the rugged slopes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to the parks and pavement of Canada's largest city. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change and urbanization on plants and their pollinators. Launching her own citizen science project, Urban Redbud, in 2017, Charlotte has a passion for engaging the public in the scientific method and sharing her knowledge about bees and trees with everyone she meets. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Global Change Biology and featured in the popular press by CBC and TVO.

$2-5 recommended donation
Ages 8+

September 19: All the Buzz on Wild Bee Club! - Susan Frye, University of Toronto

Wednesday, September 19th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Susan Frye, University of Toronto  

All the Buzz on Wild Bee Club!

Talk Description:
Throughout the summer, a group of bee enthusiasts and citizen scientists as part of the High Park Nature Centre Wild Bee Club, have collectively monitored native bee activity here in High Park. During this talk we will learn about native bees in our city, while learning about the most exciting finds of 2018's Wild Bee Club! 


Speaker Bio:
Susan Frye is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto. Her research explores native bee communities in temperate forests. More specifically, she wants to understand resource use and distribution of bees in forest environments, mainly when resources in the understory are scarce and bees may be forced to search for non-floral carbohydrates in tree canopies opportunistically.

$2-5 recommended donation
Ages 8+

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