Presenting ‘wild pollinators’

The habits and habitat of wild pollinators will be presented by veteran Master Gardeners Muriel Nesbitt and Mary Flo Bruce, Thursday, March 27, at noon in the county commissioners meeting room at the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles.

This presentation is part of the Green Thumbs Garden Tips brown bag series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.

Nesbitt will discuss the importance of wild bees, hornets, wasps, flies, ants and butterflies to the food supply, why they are endangered and how gardeners can help them. She also will provide tips on what to plant to attract these pollinators to a garden, discuss methods of protecting them from pests and demonstrate mason bee and leafcutter housing. Honeybees, which will not be covered during this presentation, will be addressed separately on April 10.

Nesbitt, who earned a PhD in genetics from the University of Washington, retired from teaching biology at the University of California San Diego. She directed the Clallam County Master Gardener program from 2009-2012.

The two Master Gardeners completed an advanced entomology class collaboratively sponsored by Washington and Oregon State universities in 2011.

The Master Gardener Brown Bag series continues on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Presentations occur from noon-1 p.m. Call 417-2279.


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