Sunday, June 7, 2015

CSI for Bees- FREE classes throughout Seattle this summer and fall!

If you'd like to learn more about how to identify, monitor, and help protect our native bees in your own yard, there is a good series of free classes happening now through a partnership between Seattle Parks, the NW Pollinator Initiative, Seattle Tilth, and myself!

Here is the official press release:

Seattle Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce a FREE citizen science course on pollinator and native bee identification. This course, taught by Elias Bloom, a WSU entomologist, and Emily Bishton, a local gardening and nature educator, will emphasize native bee monitoring, but will also include information on flies, wasps, true bugs, beetles, spiders, and butterflies. The goal of this course is to create a group of citizen scientists who will watch bees in their gardens and report to our online forum. You will receive hands-on tools during the course to identify pollinators, record, measure and track your pollinator observations over time!
Children age 8 and older are welcome to join their parents in the class too! You can sign up online at the Seattle Parks SPARC website or by contacting the individual community center by phone.  

Note from Emily: I am co-teaching all of the classes except for the Seattle-Tilth sponsored classes on June 13th and Sept 26th.