Connecticut Botanical Society Meetings

Spring Meeting 2018

March 31st, 2018

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
341 Milford St. (Route 69), Burlington, CT 06013

Common Native Bees: Their Life Cycle, Foraging Behavior and Role in the Pollination of Native Plants

Heather Holm

Members of Wild Ones and the Connecticut Horticultural Society will join us in hosting author and pollinator researcher Heather Holm, who will speak about the nesting habitat, life cycle, pollen collection, and brood rearing of common genera of native bees in north-central and eastern United States and southern Canada. She will highlight the pollination of native plants and the mutualism between native plants and native bees. Ms. Holm will also discuss the presentation of floral resources and how the physical characteristics of bees can influence the bees' effectiveness as pollinators.

Heather Holm spent her childhood exploring the woodlands and prairie on the family property established by her great-great-grandfather in the 1850s, and developed an avid interest in natural history and botany. She studied horticulture and biology at the University of Guelph and is the author of Pollinators of Native Plants, published in 2014, and Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide (2017). Heather spends much of her time educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them.  For the past few years, she has contributed to native bee research projects, most recently a two-year study to determine the types of native bees present in blueberry farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The study included developing customized plans to enhance and expand both forage plants and nesting sites for bees at the farms. In her spare time, Heather is active in landscape restoration projects. Currently, she is working on three projects to reclaim approximately ten acres of city-owned land in her neighborhood for pollinators and people.


Sessions Woods WMA and Conservation Education Center is located on Route 69, about three miles south of Route 4 in Burlington and three miles north of Route 6 in Bristol.


9:00 AM    Light Refreshments and Used Natural History Book Sale (cash only!)
9:40 AM    Sessions Woods Update with Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone
10:30 AM  Reports and Announcements
11:00 AM  Guest Lecture
12:00 noon Potluck lunch