Restoring Native Plant-Pollinator Systems: Presentation May 9

The Owl’s favorite bee photo ever and yes, she took it. Weston MA rhododendron.


Do you feel like you are being bombarded with reasons to go native? Not that kind of “going native” though you do you, Weston. We are talking native plant pollinator systems, the idea of “No Mow May” (currently in full-thriving-dandelion phase here on the northside Owl property) and planting things that the buzzies really like. How do you learn more?

Join Wellesley Conservation Land Trust, the Wellesley Free Library, and Wellesley Natural Resources Commission for “More Than Just the Buzz:  A practical guide to restoring native plant-pollinator systems (and why it matters)” on May 9 at the Wellesley Free Library at 7 pm. You can use the opportunity to ask why it is called a “Free” library as aren’t public libraries always free? Hmmm.

Anyway, the man of the moment in pollinator-land is Dr. Robert Gegear who will be the presenter. Having watched a couple of presentations of his online, I will say I really like his practicality of how to do what is best for pollinators and why. He has lists of plants, where they’re happy and what kind of bees are attracted to which plants. Actionable, clear, excellent. Highly recommend. The Owl talked with Dr. Gegear as the Owlet was preparing his presentation on Conserving Wild Bees last week and he is very responsive and knowledgeable.

Image credit: Wellesley Conservation Land Trust


To the marketing materials: Come hear Dr. Robert Gegear discuss how ecological data collected through his Beecology Citizen Science Project is being used to gain insight into the causes of species loss from bee and butterfly pollination systems native to New England.  He will also highlight the ‘eco-technology’ that has been developed to aid Beecologists. 

Dr. Gegear is consulting with Wellesley’s NRC in the rewilding of the field adjacent to the Wellesley Free Library. He is also working with Sudbury Valley Trustees and Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and is a very very busy man. Make time for this most excellent program.


The Wellesley Conservation Land Trust is our local 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust that protects 14 sanctuaries across more than 45 acres of natural land in Wellesley and bordering lands in Needham and Weston. More information about our mission, the sanctuaries and membership can be found at

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