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Seminar: Rita Venable, Bumble Bees of TN and What They Do

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Rita Venable is a writer, photographer, and speaker whose much-loved subject is nature, especially butterflies. She is author of Butterflies of Tennessee (2014, Maywood Publishing).

Rita has published numerous articles and photographs in literary publications, newspapers, and magazines including American Butterflies, American Gardener, Backpacker, Discover the Outdoors, and National Wildlife Online.  She has won Excellence In Craft awards in writing and photography from the Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association and Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in multiple years and was an artist-in-residence in creative writing with the Tennessee Arts Commission for five years.

She was an assistant biologist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation conducting biological surveys in state parks and natural areas with the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory program. She developed butterfly checklists for individual parks, led field trips, conducted training sessions for seasonal naturalists, and spoke at wildflower festivals and other state park events.

She was editor of Butterfly Gardener, a publication of the North American Butterfly Association based in Morristown, New Jersey. She most enjoys connecting people with the butterflies that live around them.

Rita’s newest topic of concern is bees which, like butterflies, are pollinators of our native plants.


May 16
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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