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Science and Ideas Group
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Ashby Village Office
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
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When: Wednesday, January 9, 3:00-5:00 pm
NOTE: We are not meeting on our usual 3rd Wednesday of the month in order
to accommodate hosting today's guest speaker.
Where: Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
Open to: All
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
This month's topic is...bees! Come and learn about these pollinators with guest speaker, May Chen.
“So much of biology has been taught as nature ‘red in tooth and claw’, focused on predator-prey relationships. I would like to see a shift to a gentler, mutualistic perspective. And there’s no better way to talk about mutualism than pollination,” says May Chen, our speaker for the January 9, 2019 meeting of Science and Ideas. Ms. Chen will speak about the alarming decline of honeybees in agricultural food production and about our native bees as alternative crop and garden pollinators.
An impassioned naturalist, Oakland’s May Chen has extended her love of our region’s natural wealth beyond her own forays and field studies to teach and inspire about her favorite subject: pollinators. She has served as a docent at the Audubon Canyon Ranch in Stinson Beach for more than 20 years and now volunteers at the Native Here Nursery in Tilden. She has trained docents at the Oakland Museum for a hands-on bee exhibition. And she has studied with two of the most knowledgeable bee experts in our area—Dr. Gordon Frankie and Dr. Robbin Thorp of UC Berkeley. Although she is not a “professional” she has shown that she is a very effective educator!