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Learn about the plight of solitary native bees

By Staff | Jan 10, 2020


Horticulturalist Marisol Mata will give a presentation featuring new scientific research, novel approaches for inspiring community stewardship toward pollinators and a look at some of the lesser-known bees on Jan. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the SCCF Bailey Homestead Preserve.

“You’ll learn about the plight of solitary bee species, the ecosystem services that they provide, and what you can do to give them a fighting chance,” Mata, program coordinator for the American Public Gardens Association, said.

Born and raised in northwestern Argentina, she holds a licentiate degree in biological sciences from the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e Instituto Miguel Lillo of Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, and most recently earned a Master of Science through NC State University’s Horticultural Science Department.

Mata’s love for the outdoors and science has taken her across much of the Western Hemisphere, including field research in British Columbia, the Caribbean Islands, and down the Andes Mountains from Bolivia to Patagonia. Her work, whether focused on flora or fauna, has always involved using science to connect local communities with nature.

“The more we learn about the ecosystems we live in, the better equipped we will be to protect them,” Mata said.

Tickets are $4 for SCCF members and $8 for non-members.

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