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The World of Insects: Bees, Wasps, Ants and Sawflies - Online
Thursday, August 20, 2020, 07:00pm - 08:30pm
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Sponsored by Mass Audubon Education 



Sean Kent - Education Coordinator/Naturalist at Museum of American Bird Art and native bee expert; Martha Gach - Conservation Coordinator - Broad Meadow Brook
Audience: Adult.  Fee:  $25 (member), $30 (nonmember)

2 sessions:  Aug. 20, 7-8:30 pm and (optional) Aug. 27, 6:30-7 pm

One of our oldest insect groups, hymenoptera, appeared in the fossil record about 200 million years ago. These now include today's bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies. Many of these species exhibit complex social behaviors and impressive defenses and play a critical role in our ecosystems as pollinators, predators, and even seed dispersers. This online presentation will introduce common New England bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies, when and where to find them, ways to safely observe their fascinating behavior, and how to create healthy habitats for them. An optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercise will be offered, with an August 27 follow-up discussion session for those who do the exercise.

Explore the diverse, colorful, and at times surprising world of insects. Learn about their amazing anatomy, life cycles, behavior, and ecological relationships in this online series. Familiarize yourself with conservation threats, existing citizen science projects, and everyday actions you can take to help keep local insects and their habitats healthy. Each weekly class will include an optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercise and a 30-minute follow-up virtual discussion session a week later, providing an opportunity for you to observe insects on your own and share your discoveries with classmates and the presenters.

Each program of the series will focus on a different topic.

Join us for one, some or all!

Instructions and Directions:

24 hours before program start you will receive login information and instructions to join this program via Microsoft Teams.

Registration is required.   Register now.

For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

Mass Audubon Education
208 S Great Rd
Lincoln, MA 01773
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Location online, registration required