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Look Beyond the Honeybee

The Door County Master Gardeners Association announces its second free public program, which takes place on Jan. 20 at 7 pm in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. The Master Gardeners welcome Jeremy Hemberger of the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Gratton Laboratory to Door County.

A Wisconsin native, Hemberger is a graduate student in entomology with specific interests in native pollinators, conservation, ecology and invasive species dynamics. His interest in native pollinators and research is enhanced by his fondness for fieldwork, the outdoors, and his passion for exploring the wonders of Wisconsin. When he’s not super-gluing radio frequency ID tags on bees, he enjoys rock climbing, bouldering, cycling (road and mountain), cooking and baking, and eating donuts.

Hemberger’s program will focus on the native pollinators of Wisconsin and their importance to agriculture, the ecosystem and gardeners. The talk will feature some basic biology of pollinators, a discussion of factors influencing their decline, a review of some current research going on at the UW including his own research at the Gratton Laboratory and a look at a myriad of strategies which benefit native pollinator populations. His talk will touch some on honeybees, but the bulk of the talk with will be focused on native pollinators. Anyone interested in exploring the lives of the little creatures that are essential to the health of our crops, gardens, and natural areas will enjoy the presentation. Crossroads at Big Creek is located at 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay.