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If We Built It Will They Come? Can Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction Restore Native Bee Communities? • Douglas County

Monday, Feb 25th, 2019 @ 7pm
Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall • 1245 New Hampshire • Lawrence, KS • Map

Join the Jayhawk Audubon Society and the Grassland Heritage Foundation for a presentation by Dr. Kathy Denning, Program Coordinator for the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program at the University of Kansas.

There are hundreds of bee species native to Kansas, and they provide critical pollination services to our native tallgrass prairie wildflowers. Unfortunately, populations of bees worldwide are at risk of decline and extinction due to a number of human-mediated threats. Habitat loss, which has largely destroyed the tallgrass prairie ecosystem, is one of the most pressing threats to our native bees. Kathy will talk about the diversity and importance of native bees in Kansas, and will highlight her findings from a three-year study investigating whether tallgrass prairie reconstruction on former crop fields can reinstate communities of native bees in Kansas.

Community members are invited to join JAS, GHF, and Kathy for dinner at a local restaurant before the presentation at 5:00 pm. An RSVP (for dinner only) is required. Email Kim Bellemere at

Contact: Kim Bellemere 785-840-8104

More Info: Grassland Heritage Foundation Facebook Page

Sponsor: Jayhawk Audubon Society and Grassland Heritage Foundation

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