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2069Re: Early spring bumble bee emergence

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  • deborah_rudis@fws.gov
    Mar 16, 2012

      Thanks for the thoughts on the early spring emergence. We have ~ 90% coniferous forest, no maples (except some planted as ornamentals) nor other early blooming trees. Blueberries are a major understory species and will bloom in a few weeks. They are a primary bee food source. Cottonwood flowers here a few weeks later. As we received about 2" new snow last night I do not expect we will see the bumble bees back out for awhile.


      Deborah D. Rudis
      Environmental Contaminants Biologist
      US Fish & Wildlife Service
      Ecological Services Field Office
      3000 Vintage Blvd. #201
      Juneau, Alaska 99801

      907/780-1183 fax 907/586-7099 c 907/723-9981
      'When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.' John Muir

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