People passionate about nature

Communing with Invertebrates: What I’ve Learned About Prairie Pollination


Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson, Curator of Botany, Manitoba Museum


Monday, October 6, 2014

Start Time: 

7:30 pm


NOTE: Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, 340 Provencher Blvd on MAIN FLOOR: Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall on the main level. You can enter the Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall from the outside, directional signs will be posted.


$2 for members and $3 for non-members.

***NOTE*** Due to construction, the room for October 6 has been changed to the Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall on the main level. Directional signs will be posted. You can enter the Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall from the outside, i.e. you do not need to go through the building.

News that the world’s pollinators are in danger has received much attention in the media lately. But what is pollination and why is it so important? In this reflective lecture, Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson will talk about her ten years of research on pollination in Manitoba’s endangered prairies, and what she has learned from her patient observation of life. You’ll hear stories about the amazing and morbid life cycles of some of the most important pollinators of Canada’s rarest plants. Did you know that the pollinator of the rare Western Silvery Aster is a bee fly that parasitizes grasshoppers? Or that some insects hide on goldenrod flowers so they can paralyse and consume the pollinating insects that come to it for nectar? Photographs of Manitoba’s prairie ecosystems, wildflowers and insect pollinators will illustrate and enhance this lecture. You will come away with a new appreciation of an intricate world that most people simply pass by!