ORAS to host talk by Christine Fortuin about native bees

Please join us for out monthly meeting the Thursday, March 1 at Sandy Creek Nature Center. We will begin at 7:00 pm with refreshments and announcements and then have an opportunity to learn about native bees and the important roles they play in our ecosystem.

Christine Fortuin, Ph.D. student at UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, will discuss her research on the importance of wild bees to forest health and how to identify native Georgia bees in this area. Native and wild bees are often neglected in research but are important contributors to forest ecosystems and agriculture. Fortuin will discuss her bee research and provide a practical guide to identifying the major groups of friendly native bees who may visit your garden.

Fortuin attended Florida International Uinversity where she obtained her MS in Environmental Science and studied the effects of invasive Africanized honeybees on native stingless bee populations in Quintana Roo, Mexico. For twelve years, she was a Life Scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Pesticides Section, where she coordinated pollinator protection and sustainable agriculture programs.