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June 9, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Alton Baker Park, 632 Day Island Rd
Bee City Celebration
Sunday, June 9, 2019
By coming together and celebrating the special animals that support entire ecosystems and food production, we can create a city that protects native flora and fauna and develops resilience in a constantly changing climate. The first celebration of Eugene’s Bee City designation will begin with a bee survey at the Whilamut Natural Area in east Alton Baker Park, followed by a celebration with live music, food truck, and family-friendly activities to educate about Eugene’s precious pollinators! This program is free and open to all.
Bee Survey, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Whilamut Natural Area
Walama Restoration Project, Xerces, Beyond Toxics, and Oregon Bee Project are hosting the 3rd annual survey of native bees at the Whilamut Natural Area. Join us for a morning of observing our pollinators in their natural habitat and contributing to the Oregon Bee Atlas, organized by the Oregon Bee Project. We will provide bug nets, identification guides, and naturalists to assist. All ages are welcome, no experience necessary, but we especially want to urge photographers to join us so we can upload images of our bees to the iNaturalist app. We will be meeting along Pre's Trail, north of the Knickerbocker bridge ("Walama Restoration Project Site" in Google Maps). Please note this is walk/bike access only site.
Bee Campus Bike Tour, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join us for a bike tour through the University of Oregon campus, a certified Bee Campus USA. The tour will be led by the university’s Bee Friendly Committee, a student organization dedicated to protecting the pollinators. We will showcase our bee-friendly initiatives accomplished this year; including our on-campus beehives, mason bee homes, and a pollinator habitat restoration site. The tour will stop by the CILOS bee survey, culminate at the Alton Baker Park bee celebration/concert. Bring your own bike, or come early to register for a free Peacehealth bike! We will meet in front of Lillis Business Complex PeaceHealth Bike Station at 13th & Kincaid.
Native Plant Tour, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Native Plant Nursery in Alton Baker Park, next to Nearby Nature
The Native Plant Nursery station is interactive in that people can walk the beds with Kelsey Irvine, Eugene’s fearless Native Plant Nursery Technician. This tour will help educate about our native flowering plants that support a variety of native pollinator species, check out the Pollinator Palace, ask questions and take pictures. Come prepared to learn about native flora and fauna and ask questions!
Bee City Celebration, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., Alton Baker Park
Join us for a celebration of bees and native pollinators that support our community and help our environment and economy thrive! Live music, special presentations by our very own entomologist: Mayor Lucy Vinis, and local bee enthusiasts and food truck Zingaro will be available 12 - 3 p.m.
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