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A Bombus vosnesenskii female forages at California poppy. Photo: Mace Vaughan/Xerces Society
California Bumble Bee Atlas 1-day Training - 4/13/2023
California is home to 25 species of bumble bees, many of which face an uncertain future. Several species, including the western bumble bee, Crotch's bumble bee, the Suckely cuckoo bumble bee, and Franklin's bumble bee, have recently experienced significant declines. In order to conserve them, the Xerces Society has partnered with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to launch the California Bumble Bee Atlas. A key aspect of this work is to train a team of volunteers equipped with nets and cameras spread throughout the state to help us understand where these species are still living, and in which habitats they thrive. This California Bumble Bee Atlas workshop is your opportunity to join the collaborative effort to track and conserve California's bumble bees!

The agenda will cover an overview of bumble bee ecology and conservation as well as methods to be used by project volunteers to collect information about bees found at particular sites.

Module 1: Introduction to Bumble Bee Ecology
Module 2: California Bumble Bee Atlas Methods
Module 3: California Bumble Bee Identification

This workshop is supported by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other funders.

Photo credit: A Bombus vosnesenskii female forages at California poppy. Photo: Mace Vaughan/Xerces Society

Apr 13, 2023 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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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 has master’s and doctoral degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology. He recently joined the Xerces Society as a conservation biologist, and is running the California Bumble Bee Atlas. Leif 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. Leif 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.
Rich Hatfield
Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist @Xerces Society
Rich is a senior conservation biologist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and leads 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. 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) Bumble 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.