Pollinators, Their Importance and Status

September 14, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sherwood Regional Library 

The Friends of Dyke Marsh invite you to a presentation on the importance and status of pollinators.

The world’s 40,000 bee pollinators perform critical services by transporting pollen from stamens to stigma, fertilizing both wild and cultivated plants. Over 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators.

Sam Droege, a biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, will speak about his work on native bee populations and briefly explore the role of other less obvious pollinators such as butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds. He will examine the importance of pollinators, the threats they face, and how we can protect them. Sam manages the U.S. Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory and is one of the country’s leading experts on pollinators.

This program is cosponsored by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Fairfax County Master Naturalists, the Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. It is free and open to the public.

The Sherwood Regional Library is at 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22306.