Saturday, September 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, MassWildlife Headquarters

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is hosting an educational event for the general public and legislators about pollinators, factors contributing to their decline and steps that can be taken in Massachusetts to protect them. The event will take place on Saturday, September 16th 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at MassWildlife Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd Westborough, MA.

Speakers:

Dr. Robert J. Gegear –  Assistant Professor of Biology and Biotechnology and Director of the New England Bee-cology Project at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His laboratory investigates brain-behavior relationships in pollinating insects, with particular focus on the cognitive processes and brain structures that underlie foraging and the role of such processes in the evolution and maintenance of floral complexity.

Mary Duane – Past President of the Worcester County Beekeepers Association. She is a certified master beekeeper and has been keeping bees since 1999.

Mike Nelson – Ph.D., Invertebrate Zoologist, Mass Wildlife.

Dr. Martha Gach – Conservation Coordinator, Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Mark Richardson – Oversees the New England Wildflower Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. He studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.

Representative Carolyn Dykema – Represents the residents of the Massachusetts 8th Middlesex District, which includes the communities of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and precinct 2 of Westborough. Prior to entering the legislature, Representative Dykema worked as a marketing professional in the fields of financial services and environmental consulting. She became engaged with local government in 1999 with an appointment to the Holliston Sewer Action Committee, and has since served continuously in public service at both the local and state levels. She currently serves on four legislative committees in the House and has been a leader in the legislature on pollinator protection in recent years.

Senator James Eldridge – Serves as State Senator for the Middlesex and Worcester district. Previously, Senator Eldridge served as State Representative for the 37th Middlesex district. He has focused his energies on enhancing public education, stimulating the economy, promoting campaign and ethics reform, protecting the environment, improving public safety, expanding access to health care, and improving public transportation. Senator Eldridge is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Boston College Law School. Prior to his election as State Representative, Jamie worked as a public interest attorney with Merrimack Valley Legal Services, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to the poor and the elderly.

To view an invitational flier for more information please click HERE.

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