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Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Project

Bumble Bee - Nevada

In recent years, much attention has been paid to the importance of pollinators and their contribution to the agricultural economy, in large part because of widespread losses of bees. The causes of these declines are not fully understood and we know very little about the current status of many of our native Idaho bumble bees like the Nevada bumble bee above.

Idaho, Oregon and Washington are home to nearly 30 species of bumble bees. Unfortunately, several of them face an uncertain future. The western bumble bee has declined dramatically, especially in the western portion of its range, and species like Morrison’s bumble bee and the Suckley cuckoo bumble bee appear to be in decline.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Xerces Society have partnered to help complete that story and to better understand the status of our native bumble bees. With a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Project Director Ross Winton (Idaho Department of Fish and Game) is embarking on an ambitious 3-year project to better understand native bees in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Part of the project is to recruit an army of trained volunteers armed with cameras and vials. According to Winton, “These citizen scientists can cover large areas quickly, collect quality scientific data, and contribute to the global understanding of bumble bee distributions.”

What: Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Project

Speaker: Ross Winton, Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Wildlife Diversity Program, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

When: Thursday, March 15; 7:00 -8:30 PM

Cost: $10 SBG members and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.