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July 13: What’s all the buzz about? It’s a webinar about pollinators!

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Jul 8th, 2021
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By Kate Douglass, Annual Fund Manager of Ontario Nature

Ontario is home to a wonderful diversity of wild bees and other pollinators, from fluffy bumblebees to shiny metallic sweat bees. These wild pollinators are important for keeping our landscapes across Ontario healthy and thriving. The wild bees in your backyard are also far more diverse than you might realize! Unfortunately, these bees (like many other wildlife) are increasingly threatened by climate change and other human pressures.

I would like to invite you to join Christine Ambre, Ontario Nature’s conservation education coordinator, as she welcomes biologist Peter Soroye and Youth Council member Jessica Yu for a live webinar about the different pollinators in your backyard, the extraordinary strategies they use to thrive, the threats they’re facing, and what you can do to help them to keep buzzing on. We will also be talking about Ontario Nature’s work with pollinators and Ontario Nature Youth Council, featuring Bee the Change @ UTS (a student-led pollinator initiative!). We hope you’ll bee there!

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presenters:


Peter Soroye is a conservation biologist and PhD student at University of Ottawa, studying how climate change and habitat loss affect pollinators like bumblebees. His work centers around better understanding threats to wildlife and developing tools to predict risk and help improve conservation. Peter’s also a passionate science communicator and advocate for increasing equity, inclusion, and diversity in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


Jessica Yu is a 11th grade student from Toronto who is passionate about nature. She’s a member of the Ontario Nature Youth Council and its Bringing on Biodiversity campaign. To protect pollinator biodiversity, she’s spearheading the Bee the Change initiative at her school – University of Toronto Schools – which aims to distribute around 200 pollinator kits across the Greater Toronto Area. During her free time, she enjoys gardening with her family, writing poems, and watching baking videos on YouTube.

Host:


Christine Ambre is Ontario Nature’s conservation education coordinator, who oversees the Nature Guardians youth program and associated conservation projects. Christine has a B.Sc. in earth sciences from University of Waterloo.

Register for this event here

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