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468RE: [beemonitoring] A few slots available in the December and February Bee ID workshops

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  • Stillwaugh, Donald M
    Nov 6, 2008

      Hi Sam,


      Please keep me on the list for upcoming ID workshops.  Unfortunately, both of these sets of dates conflict with commitments I have.






      Don Stillwaugh, M.S.

      Senior Environmental Specialist

      Pinellas County Dept. of Environmental Management

      Environmental Lands Division

      3620 Fletch Haven Drive

      Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

      727-453-6932 (office)

      727-453-6902 (facsimile)


      From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com [mailto:beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Sam Droege
      Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 9:53 AM
      To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [beemonitoring] A few slots available in the December and February Bee ID workshops



      We have 2 scheduled bee identification workshops coming up one December 1-5 and the other February 9 - 13.  We have made those dates available to everyone who has been in our list of interested parties for several weeks now but there are still a few slots available in each workshop so we are opening it up to anyone else who would like to take one of the ID courses.  Even if you can't make the dates listed let me know so that I can add you to our notification list for first dibs on future workshops.  

      I have included below a schedule from one of last year's workshops so you can get a sense of what we cover.

      First come, first serve.

      Email me off-line at sdroege@usgs. gov



      Sam Droege  sdroege@usgs. gov                      
      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

      Two Doctors in the camp
      Dissected the slain deer, weighed the trout's brain,
      Captured the lizard, salamander, shrew,
      Crab, mice, snail, dragon-fly, minnow and moth;
      Insatiate skill in water or in air
      Waved the scoop-net, and nothing came amiss;
      The while, one leaden pot of alcohol
      Gave an impartial tomb to all the kinds.
         -Ralph Waldo Emerson - The Adirondacks, A Journal

      Native Bee Identification Workshop

      Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory
      USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
      Laurel, Maryland

      Sam Droege
      USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

      Rob Jean
      Indiana State University

      Objectives:  Our overall objective is to create a pool of researchers, technicians, and advanced amateurs who can accurately identify bees to species for both their studies and more importantly for others, whether for pay or not.   Lack of institutional identification experience has led to many errors in native bee research and monitoring and currently limits the creation of any extensive monitoring programs.  The status of most bee populations is currently completely unknown.  Participants in this workshop can change that.

      Number of participants:  12

      Facilities:  Our laboratory is located on the campus of the USDA Beltsville Research Center .  The agriculture campus is approximately 24,000 acres of agriculture, research facilities, and native habitats.   Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and National Wildlife Refuge are immediately adjacent and represent another 15,000 acres of high quality bee habitat.  We will be using our lab room, which houses our collection and specimens and another lab room nearby for expansion space.  Participants will have complete access to the collection, computers, and instructors throughout the time.  Additionally, we have a large collection of surplus bees that are available to all participants to take back with them.

      Cost and Daily Logistics:  There is no cost to attend this workshop.  Lodging and food costs are borne by the participants.  In the building there is a complete kitchen with stove, microwave, and refrigerators.  There are a variety of restaurants nearby that will deliver ethnic and traditional food.  

      Coffee will be available at all times!

      Daily Schedule:  A combination of lab, talks, discussions, and lots of microscope and guide work.  Microscope work and identification guides will be emphasized.

      The lab will be open throughout the day and night; the instructors will arrive before 9:00 a.m. At 9:00 a.m. each day we will meet and discuss the options for the day and the remainder of the week.

      In addition to plenty of time investigating specimens under microscopes, the following topics will be covered during twice daily talks/discussions:

      Day 1– Introduction to bee terminology, identification strategies, genera characteristics, genera gestalts, microscope use  

      Day 2 – Introduction to bowl trapping, netting, processing of specimens, databasing, information and collection management

      Day 3 – Genera life histories, relative abundance, distribution

      Day 4 – Work on specimens – Supper and party at Sam’s

      Day 5 – Survey Techniques - Work on specimens and wrap-up

      Daily Schedule:

      9:00 a.m. – Lecture by Sam Droege or Rob Jean on issues of bee taxonomy, bee natural history, statistical sampling, bee identification work, field techniques

      10:30 a.m. – Participants work with specimens and guides with instructor’s guidance

      1:00 p.m. – Lunch and lecture by Sam Droege and Rob Jean on issues of bee taxonomy, bee natural history, statistical sampling, bee identification work, field techniques

      2:30 – 6:00 p.m. - Participants work with specimens and guides with instructor’s guidance

      Directions and a map to Patuxent are at the link below, but please note you will want to go to the Beltsville Laboratory not the Main Campus.  We are in room 124 and you do not need to get a visitor’s pass as indicated:

      http://www.pwrc. usgs.gov/ aboutus/direct. cfm

      Local lodging is listed at the web site below:

      http://www.pwrc. usgs.gov/ aboutus/lodging. cfm

      Things to bring:

      •        Specimens you would like to identify
      •        Pins
      •        Specimen Boxes - Specimen boxes and pins will be available for a small fee
      •        Note that we will have at least 4 very high quality microscopes here as well as 6 of the standard type of microscopes and lights.  You may want to bring your own microscope and light both because it will be familiar to you and because it may be better than our standard scopes.  
      •        If you have them: Michener et al.’s book on the Bee Genera of North America (available for sale at www.knoxcellars. com) and, in particular, Mitchell’s 2 volumes on the Bees of the East (out of print but sometimes available via used book stores) will be useful.  Single copies of both will be available.

      Contact Information:

      Please contact Sam Droege at:
      Work 301-497-5840
      Home 301-390-7759
      sdroege@usgs. gov

      P Please don't print this e-mail unless really needed.

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