WILD About Insects!
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Join us for this fascinating journey into the world of insects! 

Who: Educators Pre-K - 12
When: April 23, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern time
Cost: FREE! (Watch the recording here.)

Hear from AFWA's own Dr. Jonathan Mawdsley as he talks about the fascinating world of insects and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Also joining us will be Thelma Redick to talk about Wildlife Habitat's Insect Hotel initiative. One lucky attendee will be eligible to win a free insect hotel! (similar to the one pictured below)

Niteangel Natural Insect Hotel Bee Bug House/Hotel (Classic)

Jonathan.jpegJonathan Mawdsley is a conservationist, scientist, and author.  He currently works for as the Science Advisor at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and the Society for Conservation Biology.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution and is an alumnus of the National Conservation Leadership Institute.  He maintains an active scientific research program with affiliations to major research institutions worldwide.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Entomology from Cornell University.


Redick-2019.jpgThelma Redick is the Senior Director of Conservation Content and Partnerships at the Wildlife Habitat Council. Thelma brings more than 25 years’ experience in conservation education and community engagement, specializing in place-based learning and building productive partnerships. Along with overseeing the coordination of partnership plans and agreements, Thelma directs the annual Conservation Conference, on-ground workshops and training offerings and manages WHC’s on-line learning, the Conservation Academy. In addition, she coordinates the use of data gathered from WHC’s rigorous certification process to share the conservation contributions of the corporate community. Thelma holds a Masters in Non-profit Management from Robert Morris University, along with undergraduate degrees in Communications and Management; she also completed study Conservation Ecology at Chatham College’s Rachel Carson Institute, earning certifications in Environmental Education and Ecological Landscape Design. Before Joining the staff she worked as a freelance filmmaker, curriculum writer and was Director of Professional Development with ASSET (Pittsburgh, PA),  and held positions with the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center and Phipps Conservatory.


Thanks to our special guest speakers for an amazing webinar! See below for resources:

View WILD About Insects Webinar

Resources from Dr. Jonathan Mawdsley:
Pollinator Partnership https://pollinator.org/
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign: https://pollinator.org/nappc
Xerces Society pollinator planting guides: https://xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center/
BugGuide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
Bee photos by Sam Droege, USGS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/   
Entomological Society of America: https://www.entsoc.org/

Links from Thelma Redick's presentation:
Bee Basics: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf
Nests for Native Bees Fact Sheet: http://www.xerces.org/publications/fact-sheets/nests-for-native-bees
Native Bees of North America: https://bugguide.net/node/view/475348
Turn Invasive Plants Into Bee Homes: https://www.ars.usda.gov/pacific-west-area/logan-ut/pollinating-insect-biology-management-systematics-research/docs/reed-nests/