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Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Quarterly Meeting

July 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Register for webinar:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/883541354977?aff=oddtdtcreator

* This webinar will not be recorded. Please join us live. *


Bumble bees (Bombus) are by far the most charismatic and recognizable native bees. To help bumble bees thrive, we must understand their life cycle, nesting behaviors, and nutritional needs. Heather will illustrate the bumble bee life cycle through the growing season, the importance of selecting the right native (woody and herbaceous) plants to meet the nutritional needs of the queens, workers, males, and gynes, bumble bee habitat enhancement, and factors impacting bumble bee populations.

Join us via Zoom on July 24th when we welcome our guest speaker Heather Holm, an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker who spends much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them.

The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar. You can submit your questions beforehand (during registration) for Heather, or ask them live. There will be a quick update on PRISM activities at the beginning of the meeting.

We hope you can join us!

Blue Ridge PRISM’s Spring Meeting is a free, online event.


Heather Holm is a pollinator conservationist and award-winning author of four books: Pollinators of Native Plants (2014), Bees (2017), Wasps (2021), and Common Native Bees of the Eastern United States (2022). Both Bees and Wasps have won multiple book awards including the American Horticultural Society Book Award (2018 and 2022 respectively). Heather’s expertise includes the interactions between native pollinators and native plants, and the natural history and biology of native bees and predatory wasps. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and many local publications. Heather is also an accomplished photographer and her pollinator photos are frequently featured in print and electronic publications.

Heather is a National Honorary Director of Wild Ones. She also serves on the boards of the following non-profits: Friends of Cullen Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary and Friends of Minnetonka ParksIn her spare time, she is an active community supporter, writing grants, and coordinating and participating in volunteer ecological landscape restoration projects. The latest project is a 13-acre oak savanna restoration that will provide thriving habitat for pollinators, birds, mammals, and passive, nature-based opportunities for people. 


July 24
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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