September’s Scholars Gild Discussion

Bees and Butterflies – Conserving Our Pollinators

 

Faith B. Kuehn, Ph.D

Tuesday, September 15

Bratten Room in Lower Gild Hall

7:30 – 9:00 PM

On May 19, 2015, President Obama announced a “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators” in response to widespread concerns about losses of honey bees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators. The National Strategy outlines three broad goals of increasing honey bee and monarch populations, and restoring forage land for pollinators. Come hear about the reasons for pollinator population decline, and Delaware’s plans to improve bee and pollinator health and safety. As September is National Honey Month, a honey tasting will be included. Join the Scholars Gild at 7:30 PM in the Bratten Room of the Lower Gild Hall for what promises to be an interesting and a sweet discussion lead by Faith B. Kuehn, Ph.D. Beekeepers are invited to bring samples of their own honey for tasting.

Since October 2001, Faith B. Kuehn has served as Environmental Program Administrator for the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industries.  Specific program responsibilities include nursery inspection and certification, apiary licensing and inspection, and surveys for noxious weeds and invasive species.  In 2006, the Department received a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant to catalog native bees in Delaware’s vegetable production areas, and work with farmers to establish bee conservation practices on their farms.  In 2010, Faith began a project to develop a Community and Therapy gardens at the State’s Holloway Campus and Delaware Psychiatric Center.  The garden now has a Farmer’s Market. Faith represents Delaware on the National Plant Board.  She also serves on the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Faith received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Arizona in 1984, and an M.B.A from the University of Delaware in 1994.  Before coming to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Faith worked as Museum Director for the Insectarium in Philadelphia; in Research, Development, Marketing, and Technical Support positions within E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.’s Crop Protection Division.

The Scholars Gild discussions are held at 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the month (except July and August) in the Bratten Room, lower Gild Hall. If you would like to receive email notifications and reminders, contact the Scholars Gild via ArdenScholarsGild@gmail.com.  Title your email “Scholars Gild Request” and include your name, comments, and request in the body of the email