Tending Nature Study Group, Week 5

This week we’ll focus on those flying teddy bears beloved by almost everyone: bumble bees.  Author and Biologist Heather Holm will be our featured presenter on Friday as she discusses the “Bumble Bee Banquet: Selecting Native Plants for Bumble Bees.” Heather is the author of several excellent books on bees, wasps and native plants. Heather’s camera is always close at hand when she’s out in the field, so her programs come to life with her amazing photographs. Find more about Heather’s work and books here.

books by heather holm

Prompts for the journal will also focus on bumble bees. Which bumble bee species are common to your area? What resources does your garden offer bumble bees, including forage (food) and nesting resources? Consult Conserving Bumble Bees from The Xerces Society for strategies to help bumble bees.

This week we’ll finish up Bringing Nature Home with chapters 13 and 14 and the Afterword. In Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, we’ll read chapter 5, Places to Raise Young.

Last week, our Tending Nature study group here in Ohio invited Amy Stone to a zoom meetup to discuss invasive plants, with a focus on problem plants in Ohio. I’ve posted the video here for you to enjoy.

Have a great week, and I’ll see you on Friday!

~Denise

 

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