All: We have established the date for the species level Bee ID workshop this year and after permitting people who had emailed me personally about their
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, Feb 1, 2011
We have established the date for the
species level Bee ID workshop this year and after permitting people who
had emailed me personally about their interest to sign up the beemontoring
listserv gets the next crack at registration. All classes have always
filled so don't hesitate to get in touch with me as soon as possible so
that we lock up a space for you. At the end of the week I will send
the announcement out to other listservs.
As in the last few years the class will
be at the beautiful USFWS National Conservation Training Center in West
Virginia. The official announcement follows. We promise good
weather and lots of spring bees!
Native Bee Identification, Ecology,
Research and Monitoring
Course Dates: April 11-15 , 2011
Course Location: National Conservation
Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV (http://training.fws.gov/)
Course Leaders: Rob Jean, Alana
Taylor, Sam Droege
Course Length: 5 days/36 hours
The primary goal of this course is to
provide participants the tools necessary to identify bees to species. To
do that instructor ratios will be kept at 1 instructor to 8 participants.
We will assume that students ALREADY have access to microscopes at
their lab or home, will have read up on the basic literature on bee genera
we have provided, and will have already PRACTICED keying out bees to the
genus level. We will emphasize learning to use online guides, how
to identify tricky characters within groups such as Osmia, Lasioglossum,
Andrena, Nomada and will be showing these characters to the class on projecting
microscopes. A large collection of Eastern North American bees will
be available for your use; surplus specimens will be available free for
your personal collection.
In conjunction with learning identification
skills there will be lectures on bee natural history, monitoring, and research
techniques. We will be going out in the field throughout the week
to set traps and net bees so that participants can see the entire spectrum
of field to microscope work. We encourage participants to be bring
a net, pins, and collection boxes and we will provide you with traps and
processing equipment. You are also encouraged to bring your own specimens
with you and we can help with identification, as time permits. You
will need to bring a laptop, but microscopes and lights will be provided.
Who Should Attend: Federal, state,
county and municipal agencies, private consulting firms, citizen volunteers,
neighborhood associations, environmental organizations, and teachers, performing
native pollinator assessments or monitoring programs; with a desire to
improve their identification skills.
How to apply: To register, email Sam
Droege (sdroege@...). First come, first serve
Cost: Tuition is waived for the
first 5 FWS employees to register; for the remainder tuition is $250 U.S.
Food is available at the training center and lodging is available
in nearby Shepherdstown and the surrounding area.
Questions: Please contact Sam
Droege, sdroege@..., USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Note: You will not find this in
the NCTC course catalog as is it considered a special event rather than
a USFWS course. Signing up is made only by contacting Sam Droege and payments
will be made to the Polistes Foundation at the time of the course.
Sam Droege sdroege@...
w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705 Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov
- Elizabeth Caffrey
Bees are not optional.
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