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Session to run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Oregon City Library

An upcoming workshop at the Oregon City Library is designed to help Oregon City residents excel at pollinator-friendly gardening.

PHOTO COURTESY: NCAP - Attendees learn about pollinators, pollinator gardens and native bees at a recent Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides joint workshop with the city of Wilsonville."The 'Thinking Like a Bee' workshop is for people looking for practical tools they can put to work in their backyard," said Sharon Selvaggio of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.

"I'm excited for local residents attending this workshop who will learn about pollinator gardening year-round, using bee-safe strategies to manage pests, raising mason bees, and identifying some common local bees. And we'll end with a pollinator walk."

Andony Melathopoulos, assistant professor of pollinator health with the Oregon State University Extension, will teach attendees how to identify five bee species in their backyards and share 10 tips for pollinator-friendly gardening.

"Helping pollinators does not have to be complex. You can start doing things in your own backyard tomorrow," Melathopoulos said.

John Edwards, of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, will cover raising mason bees at the workshop. According to Edwards, "Anyone can keep mason bees. They are safe, low cost and require very little time. Once you have them, your world will change. You will start to think like a bee; you will never look at a roadside ditch in the same way again, and you will rethink your perfect, weedless lawn."

The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Oregon City Library at 606 John Adams St. The event is free but preregistration is required at pesticide.org/thinking_bee or 503-704-0327.

Funding for the event was provided by a $4,498 grant request reviewed last year by the Oregon City/Metro Community Enhancement Grant Program.

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