Pollinators are necessary for around 1/3 of the food that humans eat. Over 300,000 species of plants rely on animals for pollination services. Pollinators come in many sizes and shapes — birds, bats, moths, butterflies, flies, and of course, bees. During this tree mob with researcher Callin Switzer, who studies interactions between plants and pollinators, we will find and identify a variety of common pollinators (mostly bees) that can be found in the Arnold Arboretum. Gather at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 20, in the Leventritt Garden at Acc. #104-2007*E, oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), with Callin Switzer from the Hopkins Lab at the Arboretum and his guest, Avery Russell, another bee scientist and graduate student in the Papaj Lab at the University of Arizona.
Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the upper level of the station and cross South Street. Turn right on South Street and head uphill, parallel to the exit ramp, to the Forest Hills Gate. Enter the Arboretum via the Forest Hills Gate and walk along the roadway toward the ponds and up Bussey Hill Road to enter the Leventritt Garden.