Bee Better Manitoba

Bee Better Manitoba: Inspiring Manitobans to create pollinator habitat.

Join us as we discuss pollinators and what we can do to conserve them. Pollinating insects are important for ecosystem health and food production, yet these beneficial insects are struggling due to a variety of stressors. We’ll provide an overview of local pollinators, conservation concerns, ways to help, and how Bee Better Manitoba provides the tools to create habitat at homes, schools, and businesses.

Sarah Semmler studied entomology and prairie ecology, and now applies those interests to her role as curator of the Living Prairie Museum. She is the secretary of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, a member of the Poweshiek Skipperling Canadian Recovery Group, and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) Arthropods Specialist Subcommittee. She is also member of Bee Better Manitoba, a local initiative that works to provide guidance on creating pollinator-friendly habitat.

Rob Currie is a Professor and Department Head in the Department of Entomology at the University of Manitoba. He teaches a wide range of courses in the Diploma, Degree and Graduate programs within the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. These courses include, Pollination Biology, Beekeeping, Pest Management and Farm Insects, Physiological Ecology of Insects, World of Bugs, Advanced Entomology and Advanced Pollination Biology.

His research interests focus on issues related to the biology and management of bees (honey bees, leafcutting bees and native pollinators) and the crops that they pollinate. A major focus of his research relates to how parasites and viruses affect winter survival of bees and contribute to colony losses that have been plaguing the beekeeping industry throughout the world.