Profile of iridescent blue bee against a black background

Sweat bee Augochloropsis metallica (Credit: Brooke Googins, USGSBIML Team)

Maryland is home to roughly 450 different bee species. Their numbers and ranges are driven by their deep and often very specialized relationships with flowering plants. In this Earth Optimism webinar, biologist Sam Droege of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will decode some of the patterns to those relationships, and how they shape where, when and how abundant bees are in the wild. He will also share some of the latest discoveries about these critical pollinators, and offer suggestions for how you can support them in your backyard.

This webinar will be recorded! By signing up on Zoom, you’ll be able to watch the live event and receive a link to the recording a few days after it airs. Closed captioning will be available at the live webinar and on the recording. Part of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s free Earth Optimism lecture series.

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