Welty is proud to present Chris Nelson. Chris retired last year from Beloit College where she was Public Services Librarian for 34 years. She is an ever-curious researcher and native plant gardener.
We are excited to have Chris at Welty in early June to help kick off what is going to be a great summer. Come learn about the plight of the hard working insects then stay for an optional insect hike lead by Welty educators.
From 1987, when E.O. Wilson described invertebrates as “the little things that run the world,” to 2018, when a New York Times Magazine cover declared “The Insect Apocalypse is Here,” insect populations declined precipitously. Why are they disappearing and why does it matter? We will look at findings by people who have been counting insects for decades, including observers in Germany’s protected areas, butterfly watchers in Ohio, and a scientist conducting research in Puerto Rico. Much of their information has only recently been synthesized and published, and is now receiving widespread attention. Other than the cheerless prospect of no butterflies, bumble bees, or fireflies, what are the consequences of insect declines? Will human workers replace pollinating bees around the world, as they have in China’s orchards? Closer to home, how can our own landscaping practices improve habitats and support insects?
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