Due to a scheduling conflict, the March 2019 meeting will be held on the 18th at 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the library in the Sanford Junior High School.
The guest speaker will be Alison Dibble, Ph.D., on the topic “What do bees want? Now we know.”
Alison C. Dibble, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maine, Orono, where she conducted a large study with Frank Drummond. She is first author on a new checklist of Maine bees that took more than 25 years to complete. She also runs a consulting firm, Stewards LLC, and has prepared more than 15 Pollinator Habitat Enhancement Plans for Maine farms. Her focus on March 11th is University of Maine data from 4 study sites over 4 years, with more than 17,000 one-minute observations of bees on flowers of 90 plant subjects. Alison said, “We found much overlap in preferences by honey bees those by native bees, and we identified top plants that can be easily grown in the home garden or on the farm.” She will reveal the top plants based on recently completed data analyses.