Bees & Beers Presentation at the Wedge: Native Bees & the Habitats They Require
Description: In this workshop, European honey bees take a backseat to the almost 4,000
species of bees native to North America. Learn about the lives of these pollination
machines through an exploration of common species and the essential habitat each
requires for nesting and survival.
Brannen Basham is a nature writer, horticulturist, and small business owner of Spriggly’s Beescaping, which offers a variety of nature education and habitat restoration services. He writes weekly nature articles for the Sylva Herald, and has been featured in regional and national publications such as Smoky Mountain Living and 2 Million Blossoms. Brannen's published works include a non-fiction collection of nature articles A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us and his children's book, Finding Home: A Story of a Mason Bee, written with his wife and business partner, Jill Jacobs. Brannen has presented nearly 40 times across the region in the past 4 years and recently published an online course series, Gardening for the Planet, which teaches students methods to become stewards of the environment in their own backyards. In addition to nature education, Brannen offers habitat restoration and pollinator landscape design services. Learn more at sprigglys.com