To honor Pollinator Week, we were quite excited to welcome experts Dr. Parker Gambino and Dr. Matt Schlesinger, who joined us from 2-5pm on Saturday 6/22 under the Cottonwood tree after our community service morning and picnic. Parker Gambino is an expert entomologist with deep knowledge of bees and wasps who led a “catch, identify, and show” experience. Matt Schlesinger, who grew up on the Upper West Side and now works as a zoologist with the NY Natural Heritage Program in Albany, NY, spoke to us about the importance of insects in the ecosystem and as pollinators. He showed us how to collect data using our phones and the iNaturalist app for those who are interested in participating in a citizen scientist program for pollinators in the Empire State.
It was a really wonderful afternoon of discovery for all ages! Thank you to Christina Delfico and iDig2Learn for bringing this event to our front common area. Let's do this again!