White Pine Program, March 8

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 pm: INPS White Pine Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Timothy D. Hatten, PhD

Program: Native bees, pollinators, and a rare endemic plant (Silene spaldingii):  Untangling a pollination-system mutualism within the Channeled Scablands Ecosystem

Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho

Tim Hatten, Scientist for Invertebrate Ecology and adjunct faculty member, University of Idaho, will present results from an ongoing study of the Spalding’s catchfly (Silene spaldingii) pollination system in the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. Results focus on: 1) the native bee community at Key Conservation Areas for S. spaldingii; 2) bee visitors to the plant and their foraging patterns; 3) canopy and flowering characteristics of the plant; 4) plant community characteristics of remnant grasslands where the plant occurs; and 5) influence of the plant community on bee visitation rates.

Dr. Hatten has previously given programs on native bee ecology for our chapter and City of Moscow, as well as leading a trip for Palouse Prairie Foundation. We are pleased he’s returning with updates of his work!