A program on bees Nov. 18 will kick off Olympic National Park’s 17th annual Perspectives Series. Jerry Freilich, the park’s research coordinator, will open the 2014-15 series with his presentation “A Bit About Bees.”
Except for this month, the programs are held the second Tuesday of each month through May. They are co-sponsored by the Friends of Olympic National Park. This month’s program is being held later to avoid conflicts with Tuesday’s Veterans Day celebrations.
Freilich also works as the director of the North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network. Of the nearly 4,000 species of bees native to North America, there might be 800 species found in Olympic National Park. Freilich’s program will look at the vital role they have in the ecosystem as pollinators. He also will talk about the haunts and habits of some of the lesser-known species.
Here is a look at the rest of the speakers scheduled to take part in the series:
The programs are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles. With limited seating, attendees are urged to arrive early.