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Morrison's bumble bee foraging in Central Oregon. Photo by Rich Hatfield / The Xerces Society
PNW Bumble Bee Atlas Training - 5/22/2021
This workshop will prepare community scientists and agency biologists for the next phase of the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. Building on the success of the project and the information gathered since 2018, this project will adapt a slight change in focus starting in 2021 with a focused eye toward learning more about the rare species in our region: the western bumble bee, Morrison's bumble bee, the Suckley cuckoo bumble bee and Franklin's bumble bee. We will also continue to emphasize the importance of long-term monitoring throughout the region. As such, this workshop is for our most seasoned veterans as well as newcomers to this community science project.

The agenda will cover an overview of bumble bee ecology and conservation (including lessons learned and results from phase 1 of the project) as well as additional details about how the change in focus will guide our survey efforts in 2021-2024.

Agenda:

Module 1 - Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation -- With Insights and results from the first three years of the project
Module 2 - Species of Greatest Conservation Need -- Learning More about our Rare Species
Module 3 - How to Participate (From Grid Adoption to Data Submission)
Module 4 - Photography and ID Tips

May 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Rich Hatfield
Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Bumble Bee Conservation Lead @Xerces Society
Rich is a senior conservation biologist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. He has authored several publications on bumble bees, including a set of management guidelines entitled Conserving Bumble Bees. He serves as the Red List Authority for the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Wild Bee Specialist Group and has taught bumble bee management and identification courses throughout the U.S. In addition to his work with bumble bees, Rich has investigated native bee pollination in agricultural systems in the Central Valley of California, and studied endangered butterflies in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. When not at work, Rich is often off exploring the wonders of the Pacific Northwest with his family.