Meeting: June 14, 2018 – World of Pollinators

Jon Zawislak , Apiculture Specialist, UA Division of Agriculture

Pollinators are essential for plant reproduction, seed viability, and fruit set. Our own food supply, and that of many wildlife species, depends on this important ecosystem service. Explore the role that bees and other creatures undertake in keeping our farms, fields and forests fruitful.

Jon Zawislak is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. He has worked and played with honey bees since 1998, and is equally at home in the bee yard, the laboratory or the classroom.  His teaching emphasizes an understanding of the biology and behavior of our busy little friends, and keeping them healthy while minimizing pesticides in the hive. He spreads the word about the importance of pollinators to the non-beekeeping public. Jon has a background in botany and entomology, and is a certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apiculture Society. He and his family operate Walnut Valley Honey Farm in Little Rock, producing products from the hive, and supplying pollinators for community gardens.

Fletcher Library at 7 PM.