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All a buzz…

June 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am PDT

Join us for a discussion about bees, viruses, science illustration, and communicating about science and more.

You’ve heard of the “Save the Bees” movement, but how are bees really doing? Join a conversation with Nina Sokolov where she describes the health of managed and wild bees in the US, and how you can help. Additionally, did you know that bees can get sick with viruses? Nina will also describe her research which focuses on the spillover of different viruses between managed honeybees and native wild bees in California. In addition to being a scientist, Nina is also an artist, and uses her observational skills to identify and illustrate the subtle differences between insect species. 

About our Guest

Nina Sokolov is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley in Dr. Mike Boots’ lab studying disease ecology in bees. She is interested in understanding how crop pollination events such as the almond bloom impact viral dynamics in pollinator systems. Specifically, she works on ranches and in gardens throughout Marin County studying bee viruses through time to see how honeybee management impacts pollinator health. Additionally, she works in the Sierra studying virus dynamics in a subalpine wildflower pollinator system to understand the directionality of virus spillover between managed honeybees and native bees. 

All ages and experience levels are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Suggested donation: $20. Your donation helps support me and my family. Your generosity is deeply appreciated and it makes an immediate difference in my ability to continue to offer these programs. Your donation is tax-deductible. Click here to donate. If you are not able to donate at this time, no problem–please continue to enjoy the classes and find another way to pay it forward in your community with acts of kindness and service. Thank you!

If you are new to Zoom or are having trouble with the meeting controls, please see these notes and suggestions on Zoom Tips for Online Classes with John Muir Laws to help you get more out of the online workshop. When possible I will also make a recording of the workshop and post it on my blog. I look forward to seeing you there!


  • Your Journal and favorite drawing materials. Taking notes while you watch and participate will help you remember the new techniques and incorporate them into your journaling.
  • Your sense of humor!
$20 Suggested Donation

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