The Pollinizing Sessions

A Series of Talks and Workshops To Learn About Pollinators
in Our Community-   January to May 2016

With our community partner the Okanagan Regional Library, we hosted a series of nine talks and three workshops .  “The Pollinizing Sessions”  invited experts who helped the community learn more about important species such as bumble bees and other native bees and insects, about which plants can best support them, about pollinators’ importance to agriculture, and ways to build and support habitat for them. All talks took place at the downtown Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St) from 7:00-8:30 PM.  They were free of charge. The workshops were also free but people pre-registered as seating was limited.    We recorded each talk and you can view them at the links below.

Tuesday, January 12: Ralph Cartar (University of Calgary)
“The Lives of Bumble Bees in the Anthropocene”
Missed this talk? Watch it here.

Thursday, January 21: Gabe Cipes (Summerhill Winery and Bistro)
“Beecology: Organic / Biodynamic Food Gardens for People and  Pollinators”                Missed this talk? Watch it here.

Monday, February 29: Brian Campbell ( West Coast Seeds)
“The Relationship Between Bees and Plants: Stresses, Problems, and Solutions”         Missed this talk? Watch it here.

Thursday, March 3: Gwen Steele (Okanagan Xeriscape Association)
“Tips and Plants for Creating a Water-wise Pollinator Garden”
Missed this talk? Watch it here.

Monday, March 7: Tracey Kim Bonneau (President, Of the Land Productions Inc)
“Traditional Ecological Knowledge – Local Plant Foods and Bees”
Missed this talk? Watch it here.

Thursday, April 7:  Elizabeth Elle (Simon Fraser University)
“Save the Wild Bees: How They Help Produce Our Food, and How You Can Help in their Conservation”                                                                                                                                                Missed this talk? Watch it here.

Thursday, April 21: Kenna MacKenzie (Pacific Agri-Research Centre, Summerland) “Pollinators and Farming in the Okanagan”
Missed this talk? Watch it here.

Thursday May 26: Lori Weidenhammer (Author and Artist)
“Women Who Run with the Bees:  Artists Inspired by Bees and Artist-Led Conservation Projects”
 Missed this talk? Watch it here.


Sunday, March 13– “Growing Native Plants with Brian Campbell of Westcoast Seeds”
1 pm – 4:30 pm
Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre, 969 Raymer Road

Sunday, March 20– “Making Homes for Bees with Maureen Lisle and the Public Art Pollinator Pasture Project”
1pm – 4 pm
Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St.

Saturday April 9– “Bee ID – Train to Be A Citizen Scientist with Elizabeth Elle”
10 am – 4 pm
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan, 3333 University Way

The first talk in the series took place at the library on Tuesday, November 24th 2015, with Nancy Holmes who talked about the Public Art Pollinator Pasture and with Lorri Dauncey from the Central Okanagan Heritage Society who provided information about the heritage values of Kelowna’s pasture site: Brent’s Grist Mill Park.    The series is sponsored by the Okanagan Regional Library, The Public Art Pollinator Pasture Project, Border Free Bees, and The Eco Art Incubator in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. The Public Art Pollinator Pasture is a project created through a partnership between UBC, The City of Kelowna, The City of Richmond and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.