Come and discover the basics of bees (among the most important pollinators), how to attract them, and how to help them flourish. Discover how leaf cutter bees are different from bumble bees, how honey bees are different from all of our native bees, and how we can help declining pollinators. Learn best management practices to attract pollinators, including their basic needs such as nesting, foraging, and overwintering habitat. Examples of native plants, natural nesting substrates, and other needs of bees and other pollinators will be discussed. Learn how you can be directly involved using simple strategic decisions to be a steward of nature to help our pollinators flourish. Finally, discover the resources we have in Indiana and beyond that can provide further information on helping our pollinators. Information in this session will help you take the sting out of the pollinator decline.
Robert Jean is senior entomologist and Indianapolis Regional Manager for Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc. He has studied insects with a particular focus on native bees for the past 20 years. He is considered the regional expert on bees and pollination in the Midwest and is a taxonomic consultant on bees for many private, state, and federal entities. His research has focused on native bee conservation and diversity on which he has published numerous papers. He is currently working on a guide to the bees of Indiana. He holds federal permits for the rusty patched bumble bee and other pollinators and he has also worked extensively with federally endangered American burying beetles. He is a proud husband and father of three wonderful children, two of which have names affiliated with bees. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and watching flowers and the insects that visit them.