The Tennessee Valley Chapter and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences are sponsoring a lecture series aimed at presenting information about horticultural practices and their effects on the environment. The first two programs pick up on the Protecting Our Pollinator theme we have been following this year. It builds on the Wild For Monarchs campaign Wild Ones kicked off last year. We still care about Monarchs and are committed to promoting milkweed and native nectar plants; we are building on this successful public awareness and education campaign.
The first of this lecture series is Monday, June 9 at 6 PM at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga University Center. Dr. John Skinner, a University of Tennessee entomologist and bee pollination expert will present “Pesticides and Pollinators,” a review of current research related to bees and the use of pesticides in agricultural and non-agricultural applications. Dr. Skinner’s lecture will consider what we know, what we don’t know and what we need to know about the relationship between bee decline and pesticide use. While Dr. Skinner’s expertise is primarily in bee ecology, he will also review the effects that pesticides may have on other beneficial organisms. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.
On Thursday, July 24, we will be hosting a presentation by award-winning writer, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray entitled “Sustainable Growing, Heirloom Seeds, and Protecting Our Pollinators.” This presentation will be a must-see for gardeners of all stripes as well as sustainable food advocates. We will be posting more information about this presentation as details become available. You can get more detail about both lecture by visiting the Events page on this site.
More plans are in the works for public presentations in fall and winter to stay tuned.