The Brews and the Bees: Creating a "Bee Friendly" Fort Collins

April 30, 2016 10:00am to 12:00pm

Despite alarmingly increasing urbanization, human dependency on nature and natural processes is stronger than ever before. Pollination, one such natural process is under threat globally. Honeybees, bumblebees, wild bees etc., the pollinators that provide diversity in human diet are experiencing serious challenges. Join us at Pateros Creek Brewing Company to learn more about what you can do in your own backyard to enhance pollinator habitat. How can we manage urban landscapes to provide nutritious food sources for pollinators? What can we grow in Colorado that conserves water usage and supports pollinators? What is the pollinator biodiversity in your Colorado backyard? Our panel of researchers will provide information on pollinator plants for urban landscaping, urban agriculture and pollinators, and the different bees and butterflies of Colorado. 

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided through CSU funds. Beverages will include coffee and condiments, orange juice and tomato juice.  Pateros Creek will be selling beer. (We will provide orange juice and tomato juice to go behind the bar, so people can mix it with beer if they choose).

Panelists include:

Deryn Davidson

Deryn Davidson enjoys combining her love of design with ecological function and looking for new ways to bring nature into our urban environments. She holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Colorado State University and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. She has worked in the horticulture and design industry for over 15 years. Currently, Deryn is the CSU Horticulture Extension Agent for Boulder County, a position in which she is able to look for new ways to help educate the public about the importance of pollinators and their habitat, good design, and responsible horticulture practices.

Boris C. Kondratieff

Boris received his PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Entomology. Presently he is Professor of Entomology and Director of the C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University. He teaches seven different undergraduate and graduate courses annually and has authored or coauthored more than 215 scientific refereed papers and four books on entomological subjects. He is an Editor for Zootaxa, mega-journal for zoological taxonomists and Illiesia, international journal of Plecoptera research He is also the Managing Editor of Perla, Newsletter and Bibliography of the International Association of Plecopterologists. His interests include .the systematics of insects, including their life history and ecology. I am also interested in developing manuals for the identification of major groups of insects in Colorado. Phone: 970-491-7314; email:

Arathi Seshadri

Arathi received her Ph.D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India in Behavioral Ecology of Social Wasps. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University where she teaches a course in Pollinator Management in Agroecosystems. She has coauthored several peer-reviewed scientific articles on plant reproductive strategies, social evolution in wasps, hygienic behavior in honeybees and bee behavior in relation to floral traits.  Her research program is aimed at understanding the dynamics of crop-pollinator interactions, pollination services in agroecosystems, pollinator health and nutrition, global food security and urban agriculture. Current research projects focus on honeybee forage and nutrition, crop drought stress and pollinator health, pollinator sustainability in urban ecosystems and interaction between honeybees and native bees. Phone: 970-491-6804; Email:

Lisa Mason

Lisa is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in entomology studying bee diversity in urban areas using citizen science. She is researching native bee species diversity in inner-city areas compared to natural areas and the edges of cities. She is also looking at efficacy of using citizen science for long-term pollinator monitoring. She aspires to strengthen pollinator conservation protocols and disseminate her research findings through public education and citizen science. Lisa graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in forest biology and performing arts. This combination of degrees lead her to the outreach forester position in the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). She has been with the CSFS for eight years educating diverse audiences about forestry issues, and providing outreach services to Colorado’s citizens. She currently manage the CSFS publications program. Email:



Pateros Creek Brewing Company, 242 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524