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Wilding Honeybees / Field Trip to the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

September 30, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm PDT

New research on the impact of climate change on global ecosystems continues to send our thinking in new directions. One of those sacred principles being challenged is the notion that nativeness is the gold standard in conservation biology. That isn’t necessarily so. Naturalized wild honeybees in remote landscapes are part of novel ecosystems. A Sonoma County nonprofit, Apis Arborea, has begun a seven-year research project on the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve to investigate the life cycles of wild honeybees and their role in a diverse pollinator community. Come visit several bee trees on the preserve with us, and learn about a successful bee-tree-locating technique called beelining.
Michael Thiele is the founder and president of Apis Arborea. His pioneering approach to apiculture and honeybee conservation has appeared in national and international magazines, books, and films. Cheyanna Bone is the program director of Apis Arborea and is part of the Galberath research team.
Michael and his team have been using the beelining technique to locate nests of wild honeybees on the Galbreath Preserve for the past year. We will see a few of those bee trees – including nests with internal sensors, talk about the importance of wilding, learn about beelining, and the plans ahead for this project. We will also talk about opportunities for you to volunteer on the preserve with this project.  For registration click here.


September 30, 2023
9:30 am - 2:00 pm PDT