Washington Native Bee Society
February 22nd, 2024 @ 7:00
Eric Lee-Mäder: Meadow-Making for Wild Bees
February 22nd, 2024 at 7:00pm on Zoom
While the Pacific Northwest is famous for vast forested landscapes, expansive, sunny wildflower meadows once occupied tens of thousands of acres in a thin linear band extending from British Columbia to Northern California. Largely erased from contemporary memory, these regional “prairies” were biologically supercharged with pollinators and grassland birds, aesthetically captivating, and they were a primary source of staple human foods. This workshop will excavate some of that history and present contemporary models for meadow restoration and management – including in rural, residential, and urban landscapes – locations where meadows are actively replacing lawns and bringing life back to biological wastelands.
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Eric Lee-Mäder is an insect ecologist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a principal at Northwest Meadowscapes, and author of various books, including the recently released The Milkweed Lands (Storey Publishing). He is based in Port Townsend and farms on Whidbey Island.