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AUSSIE BEE EMAIL UPDATE
NEWS ON THE LATEST NATIVE BEE
ARTICLES, BOOKLETS, EVENTS AND RESEARCH

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Number 32 / October 2016

Topics in this Issue:

1. LEARN TO IDENTIFY OUR STINGLESS BEES

2. A SUPERB NEW GUIDEBOOK ON OUR NATIVE BEES

3. JOIN IN THE FUN OF POLLINATOR WEEK: 20-27 NOVEMBER

4. 5,000 LIKES FOR OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

5. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS


1. LEARN TO IDENTIFY OUR STINGLESS BEES

After outback safaris and intensive microscope work stretching over three decades, Aussie Bee is excited to present our complete guide to identifying all the stingless bee species in Australia. This information has just been released, in a brand new edition of our booklet, 'How to Recognise the Different Types of Australian Stingless Bees.'

Learn how to identify all of the Tetragonula and Austroplebeia species in Australia by following the detailed step-by-step charts and diagrams in this booklet. It includes all the major findings and new species names from our 2015 Austroplebeia revision paper -- written in plain English.

This new booklet edition has been completely revised and updated, and contains twice as much information as was in the previous edition. For more information, visit: http://www.aussiebee.com.au/booklet-4.html


2. A SUPERB NEW GUIDEBOOK ON OUR NATIVE BEES

Another beautiful new book on native bees is now available: the Australian Native Bees AgGuide, packed with full-colour photographs. Explore 170 pages of up-to-the-minute information about bee behaviour and identification, bee hotels, keeping stingless bees, crop pollination and much more...

The Australian Native Bees AgGuide was produced by Tocal College (NSW DPI) and was written by a Who's Who of twelve Australian native bee specialists including Megan Halcroft, Tim Heard and Katja Hogendoorn.

This excellent AgGuide provides a wealth of advice on how you can support and enjoy our native bees, whether you grow broadacre crops, or have a small urban backyard garden. To order your copy, visit:
http://www.tocal.nsw.edu.au/publications/list/animals/australian-native-bees


3. JOIN IN THE FUN OF POLLINATOR WEEK: 20-27 NOVEMBER

Coming soon -- a week of events devoted to our amazing Oz Pollinators: 20--27 November 2016!

Join a guided pollinator walk in Sydney, create pollinator-inspired art near Melbourne, or learn about pollinator-habitat gardens near Perth! See some of many pollinator events Australia-wide in our list of Upcoming Events below.

Anne and Les Dollin of Aussie Bee will be taking part in the Kurrajong-a-Buzz event on Sunday 20 November 2016 in Kurrajong Village, NSW -- details below.

Pollinator Week 2016 has been enthusiastically promoted by Megan Halcroft. For full details of the many events on offer, visit her website: http://www.beesbusiness.com.au/pollweekmain.html

And don't forget that Wild Pollinator Count is on again soon too: 13--20 November 2016. Spend just 10 minutes watching the pollinators in your garden and send in your observations, and you can contribute to pollination research in Australia!

You don't need to be an expert or to have any fancy gear. It's a wonderful activity for community groups, schools, families or anyone with an interest in our Australian wildlife. To learn more about Wild Pollinator Count, visit: https://wildpollinatorcount.com/


4. 5,000 LIKES FOR OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Aussie Bee's Facebook Page is on the brink of a major milestone: 5,000 likes! We sincerely thank our thousands of visitors for supporting our Facebook page over the years and for their interest in our Australian native bees!

On our 'Australian Native Bees on Aussie Bee Website' Facebook page, we present the latest news and research discoveries about native bees and share the most spectacular photos and videos we can find of these beautiful bees.

Visit Aussie Bee's Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/aussiebeewebsite


5. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS

There's a wide range of native bee events coming up in the next few months! See what's on in your area:

QUEENSLAND

WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH
http://www.sugarbag.net/events
Generally the workshops are a mix of a photographic slideshow showing
the biology of the bees with a practical session on keeping them. Tim
demonstrates how to split hives and extract honey, and use the bees
for pollinating your garden. Attendance price varies. Contact the
organisers directly for details and to register.

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Capalaba, Queensland
Saturday 26 November 2016, 9-12
Bookings essential by 11 November: (07) 3824 8611 or indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au
More information: www.indigiscapes.com.au/WhatsOn/Pages/default.aspx#/?l=3

Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland
20 January 2017
Kumbartcho, Eatons Hill, Qld.
Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith
Register SOON at: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/general.aspx?id=152609

Gold Coast City Council, Queensland
Saturday 14 March 2017, 9-12
Robina Gold Coast
Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith
Bookings (07) 5667 5972

See also Tim's upcoming NSW workshops listed below!


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NEW SOUTH WALES

WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH


The next three NSW workshops will be as follows.
Check the Sugarbag website soon for more details: www.sugarbag.net/events

Sydney City, New South Wales
4 February 2017

Rockdale City Council, New South Wales
4 February 2017

Heathcote, New South Wales
Tuesday 7 February 2017, 1-4pm
Sydney Wildflower Nursery
9 Veno St, Heathcote


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SEMINARS ON NATIVE BEES
BY MEGAN HALCROFT

www.beesbusiness.com.au/workshop.html
Megan presents seminars about Australia's stingless and solitary native bees and their importance for pollination.

Mt Tomah Botanic Garden, New South Wales
12 November 2016, 10am
The Buzz on Native Bees
Workshop about native bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. Learn about how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing bee habitat.
Cost: $25.
Age limit: Not suitable for children.
More information: (02) 4567 3000

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AUSTRALIAN POLLINATOR WEEK EVENTS
IN NSW, VIC AND WA

20--27 November 2016

The following are just some of the events coming up in Pollinator Week 2016. For more information on these and other Pollinator Week events, visit:
http://www.beesbusiness.com.au/pollweekmain.html

Sydney, New South Wales
Saturday 19 November 2016, 11am to 1pm
Guided Pollinator Walk with Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli.
On this guided tour, you’ll get an insight into what efforts are being made to create habitat for our pollinators to persist in the city. You’ll also get an insight into the wonderful world of ants and their role in ensuring that the pollinators job continues on.
Cost: Free
For more information, book tickets and receive location details, please go to:
https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/pollinator-walk-assoc-prof-dieter-hochuli

Seven Hills, New South Wales
Saturday, 26 November 2016, 9am to 12pm
Blacktown City Council - Sustainability Event
Seminar on Native Bees in your backyard by Megan Halcroft
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/native-bees-in-your-backyard-tickets-27961223773

Kurrajong, New South Wales
Sunday 20 November 2016, 10am to 2pm
Kurrajong A-Buzz
Fun activities throughout the village with bee experts, insect hotels and honey. Plants to create a pollinator paradise. Kids' zone with bug activities.
More information: Elizabeth Docking radocking@bigpond.com (02) 45731116
or Lyn Ward lynward486@yahoo.com.au (02) 4572 2959
https://www.facebook.com/KurrajongaBuzz

Picton Botanic Gardens, New South Wales
22 November 2016, 10am-1pm
Official Launch ceremony: 11.30am
Bee Aware: launch of the three beautiful 'Native Bee Bells' that will provide habitat for native bees in the Gardens. They were created by artists Ana Pollak and Celeste Coucke with the help of community participants.
More information: https://celestecoucke.com/2016/06/27/bee-bell-assemblage-at-cloudfarm-studios/

Lithgow, New South Wales
27 November 2016, 10am to 2pm
Eskbank House
A day of pollinator-related activities for all the family.
Enter from Bennett Street.

Organ Pipes National Park, Victoria
Saturday 26 November 2016, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Activities include: Pollinator-inspired art and pollinator identification.
Cost: Free
More information to come as the event draws closer.
Melways Map 3 Grid D4
Website: http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/m/4827/organ-pipes-national-park

Yanchep, Western Australia
27 November 2016, 8 am to 2 pm
Living Creations Market Stall by Sue Dovey.
Yanchep Monthly Markets, 81 Yanchep Beach Rd
Plant a pollinator habitat garden. General information, plants for sale, bee hotel display and kids worksheets for them to take home and colour in and do at home.

Greenbushes Community Garden, Western Australia
20 November 2016, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Build an insect or bee habitat. Plant a pollinator habitat garden. Make seed balls. Pollinator-inspired art. Insect displays. Launching our Native Bee Hotel Competition.
Community Garden Members $10; Non Members $15.
BBQ lunch and cuppas included.
https://www.facebook.com/Greenbushes-Community-Garden-428179307301087/?fref=ts

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COURSES AT ACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BY FRANK ADCOCK


Frank runs courses through ACE College at Lismore and Casino, New South Wales.

Lismore ACE Community College
Benefits of Keeping Native Bees
18 February 2017, 9.30-3.30pm
Cost: $60
More details: https://www.acecolleges.edu.au/course-category/leisure-and-lifestyle/relaxation/benefits-of-keeping-native-bees-field-trip/


Check the Aussie Bee website for updates:
http://www.aussiebee.com.au/seminars.html


Also please let us know if you would like your native bee event
listed on Aussie Bee website.




Bye for now.

Anne Dollin
Aussie Bee


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