Utah State University Cooperative Extension and the USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory co-sponsor “Discovering the World of Bees” Pollinator Workshop Friday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center at USU. According to Cory A. Vorel, USU Cooperative Extension pests survey coordinator, the first-time pollinator workshop is designed to appeal to a broad audience, including diverse groups such as backyard gardeners and large-scale crop producers, conservationists, educators and anyone with an interest in bees or beekeeping. “Bees are such an important part of our lives and are such fascinating creatures, just about anyone could find a reason to attend this workshop,” he said. Morning sessions include experts who will speak about the world of bees, pollination of crops, wild bees and landscaping for pollinators. Hands-on workshops will be held in the afternoon, and attendees may choose one. The afternoon session topics include raising bumble bees, managing cavity-nesting bees, landscaping for pollinators, identifying bees, bee diseases and keeping honey bees. Registration cost is $30 and includes a morning break, lunch and transportation to the afternoon workshop. Online registration closes June 20, and seating is limited. Visit http://www.ars.usda.gov/npa/logan/beelab for further information and registration.
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