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.