Bees at the dunes to be event’s focus

By Triplicate Staff June 22, 2013 02:22 pm

Slide show, field trip set for Sunday

Corey Andrikopoulos, a Humboldt State University graduate student and native bee researcher, will give a  presentation on bees Sunday at Tolowa Dunes State Park.

Andrikopoulos will discuss what makes a bee a bee, why native bees are important, how they differ from other insects that they are commonly confused with, and what specialized bees make their home with in the dunes.

A slide presentation will be followed by a field trip to the dunes to seek out these fascinating pollinators.

People wishing to participate should meet  at 1 p.m. at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road, Crescent City. The field trip will conclude by 4 p.m.

Coastal weather is always changing and can go from fog to sun and wind, so layered clothing and a hat are advisable.

Bring a snack and drinking water; wear comfortable shoes for walking in sand.

Andrikopoulos’ primary area of interest is behavioral ecology and pollination biology. His current research is focused on the nesting biology of a native leaf-cutting bee that nests and forages in the dunes around Humboldt Bay. He plans to study pollination biology as a graduate student.

Summer programs are sponsored by the Redwood Parks Association and Tolowa Dunes Stewards in collaboration with California State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information, call (707) 465-6191.