Native Bees in the City: Identification & Stewardship with Marika van Reeuwyk

Jul 30, 2020 | Events, News, Stewardship

Photo by Leah Harrison

August 18, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST (Online)

This event is offered as part of the Shedding Light Speaker Series. Click here to see the list of talks scheduled for the year.

In the past few years, there has been a growing and well-deserved love for bees as vital pollinators to our food crops and in the case of honeybees, creators of local honey. But there is often less knowledge about the vast diversity of native bees and other pollinators and their important role in our local ecosystems. In this month’s Shedding Light talk, local bee expert Marika van Reeuwyk of the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) will introduce us to native bee identification and pollinator stewardship and share insights from her work leading youth in community science monitoring of bees. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about how to BEE a good neighbor to our local pollinators!

The webinar will be hosted online via Zoom. To attend, please register below.

Speaker Bio:

Marika van Reeuwyk is a first generation settler with Chinese Singaporean ancestry on her mother’s side and Dutch ancestry on her father’s side. She grew on the traditional territories of the Stó:lō First Peoples, where the mountain ranges of this valley meet to embrace the river. Marika has put down new roots in Coast Salish territories with her partner Chris, her feline familiars, Connor and River, and many plant friends. She is a program manager for the Environmental Youth Alliance, running pollinator stewardship and Indigenous land guardianship programs alongside a small-scale native plant nursery. She has a BSc in Applied Biology from UBC, with a focus on native bees and floral ecology. She is a big bug nerd and recently co-founded and is vice president of the Native Bee Society of BC. She also spent many years volunteering with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and is well-connected with Vancouver’s non-profit and environmental stewardship community.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Emma Warner-Chee, Environmental Stewardship Coordinator at

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