The annual Greenfield Bee Festival was held at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. UMass's Jarrod Fowler and Fernald Club's deputy blogger Evan Palmer-Young gave talks.
Here's Evan's talk, bookended by 2 bee ecology limericks.
With our bee populations at risk
Humble farmers must ask as they disc
How to keep bees alive
'til the spring rains arrive
Will the scientists say but "tisk-tisk"?
From a plant to a bee nectar's sweet
But it's only a summertime treat
All the rest of the year
Plants are nibbled by deer
And must choose to defend or be meat