May 17, 2023

black mason bee on yellow aster-family flower

Natural History of Native Bees

May 17, 2023  7 p.m.

Location: Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St, Auburn

Presenter: Steve Peterson, Ph.D.

Steve Peterson, Ph.D., runs Foothill Bee Ranch in Foresthill. He has many years of experience managing blue orchard bees and alfalfa leafcutting bees in a diversity of crops such as almonds, cherries, plums, strawberries, alfalfa seed, carrot seed, onion seed and lettuce seed. His bees are sourced from populations native to the Sierra foothills for use in California. Steve captivated his audience at the 2022 CNPS conference when he described his research on and experience with our native pollinator, the blue orchard bee.

In person at Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St, Auburn.

We hope to also make this available on Zoom. This will be our first time trying to do a hybrid meeting. If we can pull this off, it will be at:

If we can record this and post it on our Redbud YouTube channel afterwards, we will. If not this time, we’ll try for our next program.


  1. Hello, looks like an in-person event, is there a cost for Redbud members? Do I just show up or where to register?

    1. Hi Paul, For the Jennifer Jewell event March 11, tickets are $20. The link for tickets is

      That’s also in the Redbud page for this event. This is our first paid event is maybe five years or so. The speaker is very special, quite well-known, and the event is co-sponsored with Master Gardeners of Nevada County. Tickets will also be available at the door before the program. We are now doing a mix of in-person and online events. The May 17 program (See Redbud Events page) is free and in-person. Hope you can come to one or both of these!

    2. This is an in-person event (though we are planning to try also doing Zoom; if that works, it would be hybrid). This and almost all Redbud events are free. It is open to all, both members and the general public. Just show up (and say “hi”)!

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