Norriss Vassell II is a community health major studying at the University of Maryland. His curiosity of bees led him to our lab this semester. Here is his blog…Enjoy!
I found out I was allergic to bees through being stung and have disliked them a great deal ever since. I undertook this internship to learn more about bees so that I would not hate them as much. I am ecstatic that I accepted the position for this internship because I now have a great respect for bees and what they do for our environment. This semester I worked with Dennis vanEngelsdorp and our amazing team to raise awareness for our native pollinators. These pollinators include birds, beetles, flies, butterflies, moths, and bees. The task that my partner, Dana, and I were assigned included designing brochures that will educate the public on various issues concerning native pollinators. These brochures illustrate how to build a nesting box and why pollinators are important. We also created a game that children could play at our booth at Maryland Day. I learned quite a bit from this experience, from learning about the various pollinators to learning about the different ways to attract certain pollinators to one’s yard.