Events


Friday January 12 -- Monthly Meeting

Time:         6:30pm potluck

Place:        Leicester Knights of Columbus

Speaker:    Scott Hyndman, Director of Horticulture, National Park Service

Topic:        The Stingless Bees of Borneo and the Honey Gatherers who collect their medicinal honey

 

Scott will take us into the forests of Borneo and explore the nests of the stingless bees and how the honey gatherers collect their honey with pumps created for that purpose. Join us for this unique experience through Scott's insights.

Please bring your own tableware and a dish big enough to serve 10 people, based on the first letter of your last name:

A-I  Main Course

J-R  Vegetable/Side

S-Z  Dessert


 

Friday February 9 -- Monthly Meeting

Time:         6:30pm potluck

Place:        Leicester Knights of Columbus

Speaker:    Dr. Robert Gegear, WPI

Topic:        Economics, Ecology and the Plight of our Native Bees


Bees are currently experiencing unprecedented declines in abundance, diversity, and geographic distribution worldwide. These declines have tremendous ecological implications due to the ‘keystone’ role that bees plays as pollinators of native plant species. Unfortunately, most current bee conservation strategies focus exclusively on how to maintain bee abundance in agricultural areas (economic value) rather than how to conserve native bee diversity (ecological value) in the wild. Using bumblebee species native to Massachusetts as a model, I will outline an ecologically-focused strategy for conserving and restoring diversity of our native bees. I will also highlight what you can do to as ‘citizen scientists’ to help protect native bee diversity, and provide information on how to create habitat that is truly ‘bee friendly’.

 

Please bring your own tableware and a dish big enough to serve 10 people, based on the first letter of your last name:

A-I  Vegetable/Side

J-R  Dessert

S-Z  Main Course

 

Dr. Robert J. Gegear is currently an assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at WPI and Director of the New England Bee-cology Project, a citizen science program that aims to collect large amounts of ecological data on bumblebees across the state in order to accelerate the development of effective conservation and restoration strategies for threatened species.

 

 

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Saturday March 3 -- ALL DAY SPEAKER MEETING 9am-3pm Leicester Knights of Columbus

Friday April 13 -- Monthly meeting with Chef Supper/potluck, 6:30pm Leicester Knights of Columbus 

 

Directions to the Leicester Knights of Columbus

Indoor monthly meetings and many of the Special Events of the WCBA are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Manville Street, in Leicester, Massachusetts.

From Webster Square in Worcester: Follow Route 9 West into Leicester. Two miles from the town line turn right onto Manville Street, just after Entwhistle’s Garage. Entrance to the Knights of Columbus is 1/2 mile up on your left.
From the Spencer or Leicester area: Follow Route 9 East. Turn left onto Manville Street, just before Entwhistle’s Garage. Entrance to the Knights of Columbus is 1/2 mile up on your left.