York U bee experts to speak on conservation of Canadian pollinators

Toronto, April 5, 2013 – What is the status of pollinators in Canada and what is being done to help those at risk? These are the questions that will be addressed during a one-day York U-sponsored conference on Wednesday, April 10.

The Canadian Pollinator Conservation 2013: Next Steps conference will feature government agencies, land managers, NGOs, conservation authorities, industry representatives and academics, covering current hands-on conservation work in Canada, including large-scale restoration projects, the status of pollinators in Canada and policies related to species protection.

Highlights include:

 York U Professor Laurence Packer: “Bee Diversity in Canada” (10:30-10:45am)

York U PhD candidate Alana Pindar: “The Importance of Fire for Maintaining Wild Bee Diversity in Oak Savannah Habitat of Southern Ontario” (10:45-11am)

York U PhD candidate Scott MacIvor: “Green Roofs as Habitat for Wild Bees” (11-11:15am)

A full schedule of the day’s speakers can be found here.

What: Canadian Pollinator Conservation 2013: Next Steps Conference

Where: 108, Koffler House, University of Toronto, 569 Spadina Crescent, Toronto, Ontario

When: Wednesday, April 10, 8:30am to 4:30pm

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Media Contact: Robin Heron, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 x22097 / rheron@yorku.ca