2487Conservation status assessments for northeastern Bombus
- Nov 6, 2012Dear colleagues,
I write on behalf of NatureServe to seek assistance for a project we
(NatureServe and 5 northeastern US natural heritage programs) are
working on to assess the state-level conservation status (S-rank) of
bumble bees in five northeastern U.S. states. As you know, these
conservation status assessments are widely used by federal and state
government agencies and other conservation practitioners.
The project consists of working with the natural heritage programs in
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York to develop
state bumble bee lists and to complete the state assessments for these
species. These assessments are only as good as the information that
goes into them. Can you help us with recent monitoring information or
other sources of information about distribution, population, trend, and
habitat, and/or can you point us to other people who do? Also, we’d
like to know about any unpublished or recently published reports
(written by you or others) that might not have come to our attention.
We’ll share this information with the heritage zoologists of the
corresponding states so they can follow up on leads and compile data to
support their assessments.
We’re excited to be able to add bumble bees to the list of
invertebrate groups that these state heritage programs are tracking, and
the potential conservation benefits this may bring. Thanks in advance
for your help.
Please reply to me offline: mdschles@....
Matthew D. Schlesinger, Ph.D.
New York Natural Heritage Program
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4757
office: (518) 402-8939
NEW CELL: (518) 478-5261
fax: (518) 402-8925
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