Book and Author Festival
The Humane Gardener
Green Bay Botanical Garden, NEW Master Gardeners, Wild Ones Green Bay
April 27 12PM
Rise and Grind, Third Floor\
Brown County Central Library
515 Pine St
Green Bay, WI
How to Really Save the Bees
It’s not about hives—it’s about habitat!
Up to a quarter of our bee species in North America may now be at risk, yet many people don’t even know these important pollinators exist. Historically understudied and still underappreciated, our nearly 4,000 native bee species live decidedly different lifestyles than that of the honeybee, a captive-bred animal originally introduced from Europe. Most are solitary, nesting underground or in holes in wood and twigs. Some are specialists, gathering pollen only from certain native plants to provision their nests. Many are so small they’re often mistaken for flies or gnats. All are worthy of our attention and concern. Learn how to create and nurture habitat that provides food and shelter for these animals throughout their lifecycles.
Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife and a columnist for All Animals magazine. A frequent speaker on garden ecology, she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson's book and wildlife habitat have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Oprah Magazine. She previously led the creative teams behind the award-winning magazines of The Humane Society of the United States. Certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, she also volunteers as a master gardener and master naturalist in central Maryland.