The Secret Lives of Native Bees

Nick Dorian

Evenings with Experts

  • March 6 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Fee: Free and open to all.

You’ve probably heard “Save The Bees!” but do you know which bees need saving? Over 4000 species of bees inhabit North America, and most don’t live in hives or make honey. These wild bees come in every size, shape, and color you can imagine, and they live all around us, hiding in plain sight. In this lecture, ecologist Dr. Nick Dorian will introduce you to the wild bees of New England. Together, we’ll examine their varied lifestyles, habitat needs, and intricate relationships they have with native flowering plants and other insects. You’ll come away charmed by these tiny pollinators and with clear action items for how to support them in your backyard.

Nick Dorian received his Ph.D. from Tufts University, where he co-founded and ran the Tufts Pollinator Initiative, an urban pollinator conservation group that worked at the nexus of habitat creation, community education, and ecological research. Currently, Nick is a post-doc at the Chicago Botanic Garden where he studies how to optimize pollinator gardens for biodiversity conservation.