2016 Advanced Naturalist Workshops
Series 12, Part 1
This workshop is the first to be offered in the 2016 workshop series with additional interesting topics and instructors to follow on this website in January 2016.
Native Bees of the Midwest
with Mike Arduser, retired biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
March 14-18, 2016
Join noted bee authority Mike Arduser for this five day intensive identification workshop on the native bees of the Midwest. Some species of native bees are in decline and in some areas have disappeared altogether where once they were common. These declines are not yet well understood and more so, little is known about the status of even our most common bee species.
The situation is alarming enough that in 2014 President Obama released a Presidential Memorandum titled Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. This memorandum led to the formation of the Pollinator Health Task Force and the subsequent release of federal strategies and action plans in May of 2015.
Central to the success of this initiative is teaching people how to identify native bees in order to track their health and ultimately, the success of the initiative. It’s critical that biologists, conservation managers and citizen scientists alike develop the skills necessary to identify and track wild bee populations. Building awareness of the plight of native bees is also critical and only possible with a well-trained and informed group of bee ambassadors. Be a part of the solution by attending this in-depth workshop to learn how to identify the bees of the Midwest with a gifted and respected teacher.
The primary focus of this workshop is to learn how to identify native bees to family, genera and species. While bee survey techniques are critical to successful monitoring of wild bees, it is not the intent of this workshop to teach these skills. Neither is learning native bees in the field. This is a lab-based skills workshop. Participants will be provided with high quality Nikon microscopes, bee specimens for use while at the workshop and specially developed scientific keys. Days will be long with optional time to continue self-study after dinner with Mike Arduser available to answer questions. The workshop is open to all skill levels, although biologists, land managers, science educators and others in the natural sciences will find this workshop especially beneficial.
Photo by Danny Brown
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