Aug 23: A Bee or not a Bee? Learn about the thousands of bee species in our environment

 

Jagged Ambush Bug, by Michelle Sharp

Jagged Ambush Bug, by Michelle Sharp

Saturday August 23rd, 11 am.

Without bees our ecosystem would collapse and humankind would perish, and yet few of us know much about the many species of bee which we rely on for pollination of the food we eat.

Laurence Packer is one North America’s foremost bee experts, and everywhere he travels, he discovers that bees are disappearing. The consequences of not taking action to protect them are frightening.

Packer will discuss the many myths about bees, and will help to identify the numerous species which inhabit the Urquhart Butterfly Garden. He will also go through the steps that all of us can take to protect and help to save these fascinating insects.

Did you know that only female bees sting, and that many bee species do not sting at all? Or that most bee species are not social and live solitary lives? Or that many of the insects we think of as bees are not bees at all? Laurence Packer is a hive of interesting bee facts.

Join this free workshop on Saturday August 23rd at 11 am. Please bring a chair. If it rains the session will be held in the Air Force Club next to the Garden.

This session is part of the UBG Summer Series

The Summer Series 2014 is funded by the Dougher Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation.

Aug 16: Guided Butterfly & Bird Identification Walk: Matt Mills

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Matt Mills is an experienced naturalist with a skill at identifying birds and butterflies. This is the second in a series of four Guided Walks with Matt.

Butterflies and birds change from week to week, and you never know what you might see. The Guided Walk takes about an hour and begins at 11am on Saturday August 16th . Please bring a chair. If it rains the walk will be cancelled.

This workshop is part of the UBG’s Summer Series.

The Summer Series is funded by the Dougher Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation.

Dragonflies and their Kin: Brenda van Ryswyk

Dragonfly, July 1 2014, by Michelle Sharp

Dragonfly, July 1 2014, by Michelle Sharp

Saturday August 9th, 11am

Back by popular demand, Brenda van Ryswyk will host a workshop about dragonflies and damselflies as part of the UBG’s Summer 2014 Series.

Dragonflies and damselflies are powerful hunters, performing amazing feats of aerial agility to gobble up scores of smaller insects. Their life cycle is fascinating, beginning underwater before crawling to land, shedding their skins, and then taking to the air.

Due to the proximity of the Desjardins Canal, there is a great diversity of these creatures at the Urquhart Butterfly Garden. Brenda van Ryswyk is a well known local expert on both dragonflies and damselflies. In this session Brenda will show participants how to observe, identify and recognize some of the most common species in our area.

Bring your own chair if you can — last year, we didn’t have close to enough seats for Brenda’s excellent talk.

Part of the 2014 Summer Series

The Summer Series 2014 is funded by the Dougher Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation

Aug 2: Guided Butterfly and Bird Identification Walk, with Matt Mills

Baltimore Checkerspot, by Mike Veltri

Baltimore Checkerspot, by Mike Veltri

Guided Butterfly & Bird Identification Walk: Matt Mills

Saturday August 2nd, 11am

Some butterflies are as big as your hand and others small as a fingernail. Some are drab and shy while others are bold and colourful, like the well-known Monarch butterfly.

It frequently takes an expert to determine exactly what species of butterfly is flitting past in search of a suitable mate or a host plant on which to deposit eggs. The abundance of both host plants and flowering nectar sources at the Garden has been key to successfully attracting butterflies.

The many shrubs at the Urquhart Butterfly Garden provide a home for nesting songbirds, while view of the the Desjardins Canal give visitors an opportunity to see herons, ducks and other water birds.

Matt Mills is an experienced naturalist with a skill at identifying birds and butterflies. The guided walk with Matt takes about an hour and begins at 11am on Saturday August 2nd. If it rains the walk will be cancelled.

This event is part of the UBG Summer Series.

The Summer Series is funded by the Dougher Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation.

July 26: Insect Lives and Loves, with Jerry Bloom

Grasshopper, by Ron Rowan

Grasshopper, by Ron Rowan

Saturday July 26th, 11am, Rain or Shine

Jerry Bloom is a scientist and an educator. He has been a bug guy since the age of 4, with a lifelong emphasis on grasshoppers, as befits a native of Saskatchewan. “My grandmother never reconciled herself to the idea of my bringing grasshoppers into the house to watch television with me.” said Jerry. He went on to make a livelihood out of determining whether the grasshoppers might really have been capable of seeing the television. Now Bloom lives on a property in rural Flamborough, which he manages for maximum insects biodiversity.

There is a long list of insects that Jerry has worked with, including flesh flies and hissing cockroaches, and he is known to be one of the most knowledgeable entomologists in these parts.

The Urquhart Butterfly Garden plays host to a vast array of insects during the summer months. Jerry Bloom is coming to unlock their secrets for us at the free workshop on Saturday July 26th, 11am. Bringing a chair is recommended.

Part of the UBG Summer Series

The Summer Series 2014 is funded by the Dougher Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation