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Franklin's bumble bee on lupine. Photo by Brendan White, USFWS.
Finding Franklin's Bumble Bee - 7/08/2021
Franklin's bumble bee (Bombus franklini) has been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, this species has not been seen since Dr. Robbin Thorp (UC Davis) detected a lone worker in 2006. However, this species inhabits one of the most wild (and beautiful) regions of the Pacific Northwest, and historic survey effort throughout its range has been focused on only a few localities; a more concerted effort to find it is needed — and you can help!

In this workshop, we will discuss the known ecology of this species (and other bumble bees), and the conservation challenges it faces. We will share historic localities, as well as some of the best places to go looking. We will also cover the practicalities of surveying for a proposed endangered species, with participation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Module 1: Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation
Module 2: Finding Franklin's Bumble Bee
Module 3: Survey and ID

This workshop is supported by the Oregon Conservation Recreation Fund. Additional support is provided by the USF&W Sport Fish Restoration fund, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Photo credit: Franklin's bumble bee on lupine. Photo by Brendan White, USFWS.

Jul 8, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Rich Hatfield
Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Bumble Bee Conservation Lead @Xerces Society
Rich is a senior endangered species conservation biologist, and lead Xerces' bumble bee conservation program. He has a master's degree in conservation biology, with a focus on the ecology and habitat needs of bumble bees. Rich has authored several publications on bumble bee conservation and taught bumble bee management and identification courses throughout North America. Rich helped develop and launch the community science website Bumble Bee Watch (www.BumbleBeeWatch.org), which has attracted over 30,000 users throughout North America, and gathered over 80,000 photo observations of North American bumble bees since 2014. He also serves as the coordinator for both the Pacific Northwest and California Bumble Bee Atlas projects. 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.
Leif Richardson
Endangered Species Conservation Biologist @Xerces Society
Leif is an ecologist whose work focuses on North American bumble bees, including their ecology, taxonomy, and conservation needs. He recently joined the Xerces Society as a conservation biologist, and is running the California Bumble Bee Atlas. He previously worked as an environmental consultant, conducting regulatory studies on risk of pesticide exposure to bumblebees, and as an ecologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Leif is the author of numerous scientific publications on bees, as well as co-author of Bumble Bees of North America: an Identification Guide (2014), the standard reference manual on this group of invertebrate wildlife in California and beyond. He is an expert in the inventory and identification of bumble bees, and has extensive experience training others to collect bumble bee distribution data in the field.
Jeff Everett
Wildlife Biologist @US Fish and Wildlife Service
Jeff is a wildlife biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Portland, OR where he works on a variety of bumble bee ESA listing packages and represents the Service on several regional and national pollinator teams. In his spare time he has worked as the sage-grouse coordinator for the Service for the past 8 years, coordinating the efforts of nearly 20 staff throughout the state working to implement state and federal plans; he served on the team which arrived at the not-warranted determination for the species in September 2015. Prior to that he worked on renewable energy development and permitting throughout the PNW, and spent the first 10 years of his career with the Service as a private lands biologist in western Montana. Jeff has a BS in Environmental Science from the State University of NY at Buffalo.