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Apr 27

Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas Training Workshop - Lithia Springs, GA

Learn how to contribute to a community science project and play a hands-on role in bumble bee conservation at this workshop.

Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122
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Apr 27, 2024 09:00am ET - Apr 27, 2024 01:00pm ET

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Intended Audience

Anyone with an interest in bees and a desire to help them in a hands-on way is encouraged to attend—no prior experience needed!


Cost

This in-person workshop is free of charge.


When

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET


Where

Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, GA 30122


Registration Contact

Laurie Hamon (she/they), the Xerces Society

(919) 928-4140

[email protected]


About the Xerces Society

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization that protects our world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. Xerces works throughout North America to conserve pollinators and other invertebrates, protect endangered species, and reduce pesticide use and impacts. Our staff use applied research, policy advocacy, public education and on-the-ground habitat improvement to advance meaningful, long-term conservation. Xerces is the largest invertebrate conservation organization in the world. For over 50 years, we have been champions of Earth’s most biodiverse and overlooked animals, protecting the life that sustains us. Learn more at xerces.org.


Photo Credits

Banner Photo:

Laurie Hamon, the Xerces Society

Side Photo:

Rich Hatfield, the Xerces Society

Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas Training Workshop

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Lithia Springs, Georgia

Saturday, April 27, 2024

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET


Please join us in a collaborative effort to track and conserve the bumble bees of the Southeast through this training.


The workshop is limited to 50 people, so act quickly to reserve your spot!



Training Information

Bumble bees are charismatic and easily recognizable pollinators thanks to their large size, loud buzz, and distinctive color patterns. They play an incredibly important role in sustaining the health of our environment by pollinating flowers in natural and urban areas, and by contributing to successful harvests on farms. The southeastern US is home to about 20 different bumble bee species, at least 20% of which are undergoing population declines. Existing data suggests that many species of bumble bee face an uncertain future, but we often lack the data needed to implement effective conservation measures.


To tackle this gap in knowledge, the Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas is a large-scale community science effort aimed at gathering the data needed to track and conserve southeastern bumble bees. Community scientists spread out across one of our project states to survey for bumble bees and report back with whatever they find! Surveys can be run on your own or with a group of people. Survey methods are also catch-and-release, so no bees are harmed. All you will need to participate in the surveys is an insect net, some vials or jars, a decent camera (including cell phone cameras), internet access for data submission, and a way to get to your survey sites.


With your help, we can quickly cover large regions of the country, collect scientific-quality data, and contribute to bumble bee conservation. This project joins a growing nation-wide network of Bumble Bee Atlas projects managed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and partner organizations. This workshop will cover everything you need to participate in the Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas: how to catch and photograph bumble bees, submit your data, and identify your local bumblebees. We will also cover bumble bee ecology and conservation. Anyone with an interest in bees and a desire to help them in a hands-on way is encouraged to attend—no prior experience needed!


Agenda

We will cover bumble bee biology and project how-tos in a series of modules and hands-on activities:

  • Module 1: Bumble bee biology and project background (classroom) - 10-minute break
  • Module 2: How to participate in the Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas (classroom) - 10-minute break
  • Module 3: How to catch and photograph bumble bees (outdoors)
  • Module 4 (optional): Bumble Bee ID, and the photos we need to see! (classroom)


Instructor(s)

Laurie Hamon (she/they), Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, the Xerces Society

Laurie is a conservation biologist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the lead project manager for the Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas. She earned her PhD at North Carolina State University, where she conducted her thesis on the pollination ecology of Venus flytraps. She has conducted survey work for multiple rare insect species and investigated insect communities in urban pollinator gardens. Laurie was also co-coordinator on a community science project to monitor butterflies at a biological reserve in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Partners

This project is a collaboration between the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and is supported by Pheasants Forever, Inc.