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469Re: [beemonitoring] A few slots available in the December and February Bee ID workshops

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  • heather8@vt.edu
    Nov 6, 2008
      Hi there, I was wondering if you still have any space available for the February
      workshop because I still need to ID some of my bees for a project that I'm doing
      on native pollinators of cucurbits. Thanks

      Heather Andrews

      Quoting Sam Droege <sdroege@...>:

      > All:
      > 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@...
      > Thanks
      > sam
      > 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
      > 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@...
      > P Please don't print this e-mail unless really needed.
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