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To Bee or Not to Bee in the City: Wild Bee Diversity in St. Louis

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY– Click Venue Below for Directions)

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

Featured Speaker: Gerardo R. Camilo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University; Conservation Fellow, Saint Louis Zoo

The impression most people have of cities is that they are biodiversity deserts. But recent studies show that when it comes to bees, cities are refuges against the many threats these important pollinators might face in rural and agricultural areas. St. Louis, in particular, hosts an amazingly large bee diversitydsc_0047160+ species, greater than any other known Midwestern city. Most of this diversity is on the city’s north side, with its abundance of vacant lots, urban farms, and community gardens. Among this marvelous urban diversity, are populations of rare and endangered bumblebees and some of North America’s most rare bees. One of the world’s foremost food web ecologists is seeking to discover why St. Louis is such a special place for our native bees.

Check out St. Louis Public Radio reporter Eli Chen’s October interview with ecologist Dr. Gerardo Camilo to learn more about his urban ecology research on pollinator communities and St. Louis’ wild bees.


To Bee or Not to Bee in the City, is a Science Seminar Series presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo:AOS-logo-135-

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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