No Bees, No Berries
July 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The public is invited to take a walk through a productive blueberry barren on the edge of Sennebec Pond to explore the link between pollinators and Maine blueberry production. Francis Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management and Blueberry Extension Pollination Specialist, will join Georges River Land Trust on Friday, July 21st at 4 p.m. in Appleton to discuss wild blueberry production and the its link with pollination. Dr. Drummond’s research topics have included wild blueberry production, blueberry plant reproductive ecology, agricultural production practices that affect pollination and vegetative growth, and evolutionary tradeoffs in flowering.
Maine blueberry producers depend on bees to pollinate this cash crop. This means blueberry producers must bring in hives of bees to pollinate their fields. In recent years Colony Collapse Disorder has led to declines in bee numbers and an increase in pollination costs to Maine producers. Dr. Drummond will discuss the challenges facing pollinators like honeybees and the effect on Maine blueberries.
Bring your cameras for the beautiful view. Directions from north: From Route 131 in Appleton Center turn left onto Sennebec Road. Drive 1.9 miles and turn right onto Gushee Road. Then turn left a few hundred yards in to reach the destination. From the south: Drive north on Sennebec Road from Route 17 for 3.7 miles and take a left on Gushee Road. Then turn left a few hundred yards in to reach the destination.