Throughout the conference, a group of scientists, growers and bee enthusiasts will present research on using alternative bee species for pollination, according to a press release.
“Traditionally in the U.S., honey bees – or Apis mellifera – have been the sole managed species used for pollination,” said Kimball Clark in the release. “But honey bees are only one of more than 20,000 bee species on our planet.”
Clark is a member of the executive committee of the Orchard Bee Association and organizer of the conference.
According to Clark, fruit yields in an organic cherry-growing operation in North Ogden more than doubled fruit yeields with the use of solitary “mason” bees.
The session open to the public takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 and includes lunch. Morning workshops will cover topics such as honeybee health and personal trapping of wild bees. Afternoon topics address orchard pollination and getting started with mason bees.
More information is available at orchardbee.org.