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Midewin Presents “Bee Smart: Native Bee Habitat Needs and How You Can Help”

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:41 p.m. CDT

WILMINGTON – At 7 p.m. today, the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will conclude their Winter Lecture Series. It will be held at 30139 S. State Route 53, Wilmington.

You may be familiar with bumblebees and honeybees, but Illinois boasts 500 species of native bees, metallic green and blue bees that look nothing like the fuzzy yellow and black icon.

To evaluate the best habitats for native bees, Rebecca Tonietto, Plant Biology and Conservation Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University, has investigated bee communities of green roofs and city parks in urban environments, and is currently evaluating the effects of prairie restoration on native bee communities.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

Reservations are recommended and should be made by today either via email atMidewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us or by calling 815-423-6370. Walk-ins are welcome, however seating can not be guaranteed without a reservation.

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