Speaker: Eugene J. Scarpulla, Publications Editor – Maryland Entomological Society, and Associate – Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Beltsville, MD.
Title: “A Yearlong Survey of the Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of a Human-made Habitat Created from Dredged Material: Hart-Miller Island, Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore County, Maryland”
In 2009, Gene Scarpulla conducted a yearlong “bee bowl” survey on Hart-Miller Island, in the Northern Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore County, Maryland. Six 20-bowl transects, each from a different habitat, were run on 18 sampling days from 4 April 2009 through 17 March 2010. A total of 4446 bees were collected, comprising 5 families, 27 genera, and at least 86 species. Gene will discuss a bit of bee biology and then elaborate on the yearlong survey, highlighting the wide diversity of bees observed on Hart-Miller Island.
Speaker: Fred Paraskevoudakis, President – Maryland Entomological Society, and Professor – Natural and Physical Sciences Department, Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, MD.
Title: “Bolivia: The Altiplano, Yungas, and Jungles. People, Places, and a Naturalist’s Perspective on Biodiversity”
Bolivia is a large beautiful and diverse country that offers a tremendous amount of wonderful things to see and do for adventurous travelers. This lecture will cover a good portion of Northern Bolivia. There will be abundant images from the high mountains to the low jungles, capturing scenes from cultural festivals, ancient ruins, life in small towns, and the natural history found in these areas, particularly in the vast jungle lowlands. Join in for a “ride” down the infamous “World's Most Dangerous Road,” known for good reasons as “La Carretera de los Muertos.”