KETCHUM — The Sawtooth Botanical Garden will host a discussion on the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Project with project director Ross Winton from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 15 at the garden, 11 Gimlet Road — four miles south of Ketchum. Winton is the regional wildlife biologist for the Wildlife Diversity Program at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
“Part of the project is to recruit an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials to cover large areas quickly, collect quality scientific data, and contribute to the global understanding of bumblebee distributions,” Winton said in a statement.
In recent years, much attention has been paid to the importance of pollinators to the agricultural economy — in large part because of widespread losses of bees. The causes of these declines are not fully understood, and little is known about the current status of many native Idaho bumble bees.
The cost for the talk is $10 for SBG members and $12 for nonmembers. Visit www.sbgarden to register.
More information: call 208-726-9358 or email Kristin@sbgarden.org.