The Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden is looking for volunteers with expertise in mason bees, honey bees or native birds to help out at a family friendly event, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

The garden’s board is planning a community event for all ages called The Birds and the Bees, complete with guided bird-watching walks, close-up demonstrations with live birds, and aerial performances by trained birds.

After last year’s successful Birds in the Garden event, the board is looking this year for people who raise mason and honey bees to share their expertise as well.

For more information, call board president Eva Powers, 805-350-0360 or email her at