Green Thumb presentation to put spotlight on ‘bee spaces’

While there are many factors that have played into the decline of native pollinators, a significant issue is simply loss of habitat.

Cathy Lucero, Clallam County Noxious Weed Control Board coordinator, will talk about how people can better utilize the habitat that still exists or capture the potential of areas used for other things at her Green Thumb Garden Tips presentation, “Bee Spaces-Hidden in Plain Sight,” set for noon-1 p.m. Thursday, May 13, on Zoom.

Join the meeting by going to and select the crimson button. Or, join by phone by calling 253-215-8782 (meeting ID: 999 5145 3743, passcode: 642693).

Lucero will convey new thinking that is sweeping the nation about incorporating pollinator habitat into some of the most unexpected places. She will show the strategic approach Clallam County is using on county-managed land to multi-task and build resiliency on a landscape scale and will provide information on how to get involved.

Lucero has been the coordinator for the Clallam County Noxious Weed Control Board for the past 24 years. She studied botany at the University of Washington but finished with a degree in environmental science from Western Washington University. Lucero was awarded the Outstanding Invasive Species Leadership Award from National Invasive Species Council for her facilitation of an Olympic Peninsula-wide working group collaborating to control invasives across jurisdictional boundaries.

A long-time resident of Clallam County, Lucero said she loves her job because there are always new and interesting plants to learn about, beautiful places to go and wonderful people to meet.

Sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, the Green Thumbs Garden Tips education series seeks to provide home gardeners with education on research-based sustainable garden practices in Clallam County.

The series is offered via streaming presentations from noon-1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday each month through October (in November, December and January, one program is offered).

For more information, call 360-565-2679.