Pollinator Panel with the Waterloo Public Library, July 18th 6pm

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Join us for this live panel, featuring local experts in an interactive discussion about pollinator health, sustainability, science and best practices. Panelists include Erica Shelley, Kim Fellows, Anne Morgan and Leah Blechschmidt, moderated by our very own Jen Novakovich. Learn more about our fabulous panelists below. This discussion will be recorded for The Eco Cast podcast, available to listen to at a later date. Free or pay what you can donation at the door or online to help support The Eco Market, organizers of this event. Hope to see you there! Thank you to our venue partner the Waterloo Public Library!

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Erica Shelley

Erica Shelley, Ph.D. is a bee and pollinator advocate.  A longtime caretaker of bees, Erica uses honeybee hives to educate the public on the importance of pollinators.  She is the residential apiarist at RARE and has hives located throughout Kitchener/Waterloo. She is also a proud member of Bee City Kitchener.

Kim Fellows

Kim Fellows was the outreach coordinator for Pollination Canada, a project under the umbrella of Seeds of Diversity Canada, for seven years. Kim's related background includes a BScH and MSc in Biology from Queen's University. Currently, Kim is active in her Bee City of Kitchener, Ontario.

Anne Morgan

Growing up in England with a bee keeping Father, and teaching biology/entomology at the University of Waterloo, Anne has long had an interest in Nature. Her life long hobby has been gardening and in retirement she became a Master Gardener, so she is now connecting all of her interests into gardening for wildlife and especially pollinators. Anne is currently involved in Bee City Waterloo.

Leah Blechschmidt

Leah is a grad student at the University of Guelph in Dr Nigel Raine's lab. She is doing her Master's thesis on pollinators in agriculture, looking at the status of native bees in apple orchards. Her primary focus is figuring out how landscape and habitat availability on and around farms impacts pollinator populations. Prior to starting her Master's she has worked in a number of environmentally focused areas including mine site remediation, invasive species work, and urban sustainability. When she's not out catching bees, you can find her hiking, biking, or just generally making any excuse to get outside.

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