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2507Re: [beemonitoring] Alternative Methodology Question

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  • Jessica Beckham
    Nov 9, 2012
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      Dear Beemonitoring Group,

      I just wanted to send a thank you out for all of the thoughtful, informative responses that y'all provided!  What an intelligent group of people -- what I wouldn't give to have a cup of coffee with each of you!  I have truly enjoyed reading the responses and am still synthesizing the ideas, philosophies, and techniques.  I will certainly be trying out some of the suggested alternative methods as I work on my project.  

      Additionally, I appreciate the lines of reasoning that were given regarding the collection and use of dead specimens.  Being able to explain the benefits of preserved specimens, as well as posing the logical argument that we each likely kill more insects with our cars than with bowls or nets, should prove useful in the (maybe inevitable?) event that I must explain to citizens why I am collecting and killing bees.  

      And as for the question that came up a couple of times regarding whether bees in my area are truly declining -- the truth is that we don't actually know, as baseline data are not, to the best of our knowledge, available for our area.  (If someone knows differently, please let me know!)      

      Thank you all so much.

      Jessica Beckham

      From: Kvisberglien Evie Christiansen <evie.christiansen@...>
      To: "beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com" <beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, November 9, 2012 1:59 AM
      Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Alternative Methodology Question

      I have seen that the experienced field workers here use compressed CO2, the kind used for bicycles (used for filling flat tires). They are available in any decent size sports store and are in a handy size. It knocks the bumble bee out for long enough to identify it, and it seems unharmed when it takes off again.
      They simply put the bumble bee in a dram glass (with a few holes in the lid). Insert the tip of the CO2-container (small and handheld, fits in your pocket) and give the bumble bee a doze. I haven’t seen it tested on bees, but I suppose it works on them as well.
      The ones that can’t be identified in the field can be brought home for proper id.
      I plan to use this method next summer for my next project J

      Best regards
      Evie Christiansen Kvisberglien

      Norwegian Public Roads Administration 

      Before printing, think about the environment

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