What are New Hampshire’s native pollinators, and how can your backyard more attractive to them? Dr. Alan Eaton, Entomologist for UNH Cooperative Extension, will provide an overview of the state’s primary pollinators, both human aided and wild, and the current challenges they face. Join Tin Mountain on Tuesday, April 3, at 7pm to meet some of these specimens!

Dr. Alan Eaton has worked for UNH Cooperative Extension is the area of Insect Pest Management since 1978. His current research focuses on the management of fruit insects as well as the biology and distribution of ticks.

In his presentation, Alan will begin with a brief description of the types of pollination that NH plants attact. He then will cover the various types of local pollinators here in the Mt. Washington Valley, especially the families of bees.  Given the agricultural importance of the honey bee, Alan will include details on its behavior and threats.  He will also include other common bees, including the squash bee and carpenter bee. Alan will finish by discussing natural stress factors on bees, and ways we can help protect and encourage them. In addition to the information presented, Alan will have pinned specimens on hand from several bee families as well as a microscope for a closer perspective. If the weather is agreeable, he may even invite live specimens of some wild species!

Tin Mountain’s Nature Program Series is sponsored in part by L.L. Bean and the Evenor Armington Foundation, and the Residence Inn by Marriott North Conway. Donations of $3/person or $5/family are appreciated; members are free. For more
information call 447-6991 or visit www.tinmountain.org.