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San Diego NAT Hosts Event On Importance Of Bees

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A bee sitting on a flower.

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What is a bee?

Folks who fear the little insects usually have the wrong impression, biologist Joseph Wilson told Midday Edition on Thursday.

“Often, people in their backyard barbecues blame the bees for coming in and attacking their hamburger,” Wilson said. “Those are probably wasps doing that. Bees generally are more passive, and they're not going to come to your hamburger because they don't eat meat.”

The biologist, who co-authored “The Bees In Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees,” is giving a lecture Thursday night at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

With bees making the news again, the event is timely.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it's considering adding two species of bumblebees to the endangered species list.

In California, there's a waiting list for sprigs of a new variety of self-pollinating almond tree in Central California called the Independence, which doesn't rely on bees for its crop.

“As we continue to make agricultural lands or urban lands or suburban lands, we're taking away these habitat that bees have lived in for thousands of years,” Wilson said.

Event Information

What: Bee lecture

When: Thursday March 24, 7 p.m.

Where: theNAT; San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado

Tickets: $9 members, $12 non-members


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