This autumn/winter, we will be offering a four-part lecture series "The Little Things That Run the World". These in person lectures will focus on four fascinating insect groups, and their role in regional biodiversity and agriculture. The richly illustrated presentations will explore the amazing worlds of bees, ground beetles, ants, and wasps. What do these insects look like? How many species do we know of? What have we learned about what they are doing? And how can we help them to continue thriving in our landscape?
This free lecture series will be presented on four Thursdays, 7pm in the Hawthorne Valley Learning Center (327 CoRoute 21C, Ghent NY; the white building attached to the red barn):
- The Wonderful World of Bees by Timothy Wayman (Nov. 10); watch a recording online
- What the Ground Beetles See: Thinking about Farmland as a Patch in the Farmscape Quilt by Conrad Vispo (Dec. 1)
- From Amazon Warriors to Weed Seed Eaters - Ant Diversity in Columbia County and Their Role in the Farmscape by Kyle Bradford (Jan. 19)
- Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The Incredible Diversity of Wasps by Kendrick Fowler (Feb. 9)
Please note that for extra safety of attendees and presenters, these will be masked events; masks will be available at the event for anyone who may not have one.
If you would like to attend any of these events online, please register with Josie and she will send you a Zoom link the day before each event.