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  • Eric Mader
    Hey Folks, Some of you might already be a aware of this, but a similar resource specifically for Pennsylvania is the PA Native Bee Survey Citizen Scientist
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 16, 2010
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      Hey Folks,
       
      Some of you might already be a aware of this, but a similar resource specifically for Pennsylvania is the PA Native Bee Survey Citizen Scientist Monitoring Protocol, developed by Penn State, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Ag., and Xerces a few years ago. 
       
      The classroom training handbook is available here:
       
       
      And a pocket-field guide is available here:
       
       
      I'm not sure to what extent the Penn State Master Gardeners are still conducting visual bee surveys (I'm guessing that Leo Donovall or Dennis vanEngelsdorp would know the latest status of the project).
       
      From what I know, this has been a very successful project for engaging a lay audience in pollinator issues, and training people with little formal background in entomology to identify the broad taxonomic groups of native bees all around them.
       
      As an aside, Xerces is working with Penn State now on some more robust profiles of individual species with close associations to specific crops. Those profiles will be used in some upcoming farmer fact sheets, and if anyone is interested, they can follow up with me for more info.
       
      Cheers!
       
      -Eric
       
       

      2010/12/15 Sam Droege <sdroege@...>
       


      All:


      Alex Surcică recently asked me what a list of 20 common bees might look like for Pennsylvania, so he could start introducing them gently to Master Gardener's and others who had little understanding of the habits and types of Native Bees in their gardens and yards.    The idea is not to overwhelm them with information and the nuance of 400 different life histories, but a petit introduction, something that could be illustrated with pictures and for which specimens could be easily obtained for them to view.  Some may take that to greater depth, but others would simply be informed and gain exposure to a world that is not part of the usual training in butterfly and common insect ID's.

      So that list is below for you to make suggestions about and propose additions and subtractions.

      In addition to this I have been thinking about how one would teach a one day course on native bees to the general (but interested) natural history buff or ... gardener.

      I am wondering if a lot could be accomplished with specimens and a cheap botanical magnification loop plus a picture book of bee types with Peterson style arrows to important features.  

      I know many of you have done such workshop and have ideas about what works and what doesn't.  So I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

      The proposed bee list for PA is below....one could see such a think developing for many states (and regions of states out West) with simple picture guides, similar but not as extensive to what has been done already with Laurence Packer's book and in places within NAAPC and Xerces.  As many of these species would repeat across states, perhaps generic jpegs could be developed that show the important features and people could download them to create their own posters or hand books.

      Xylocopa virginica
      Osmia taurus/cornifrons

      Andrena wilkella

      Megachile rotundata

      Megachile mendica

      Augochlora pura

      Augochlorella aurata

      Agapostemon virescens

      Lasioglossum imitatum

      Lasioglossum versatum

      Bombus impatiens

      Halictus ligatus

      Ceratina calcarata

      Anthidium oblongatum

      Apis mellifera

      Peponapis pruinosa

      Andrena nasonii

      Colletes inaequalis

      Hylaeus mesilliae

      Melissodes bimaculata


      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

      Aspens
      All day and night, save winter, every weather,
      Above the inn, the smithy, and the shop,
      The aspens at the cross-roads talk together
      Of rain, until their last leaves fall from the top.
      Out of the blacksmith's cavern comes the ringing
      Of hammer, shoe, and anvil; out of the inn
      The clink, the hum, the roar, the random singing—
      The sounds that for these fifty years have been.
      The whisper of the aspens is not drowned,
      And over lightness pane and footless road,
      Empty as sky, with every other sound
      Not ceasing, calls their ghosts from their abode,
      A silent smithy, a silent inn, nor fails
      In the bare moonlight or the thick furred gloom,
      In tempest or the night of nightingales,
      To turn the cross-roads to a ghostly room.
      And it would be the same were no house near.
      Over all sorts of weather, men, and times,
      Aspens must shake their leaves and men may hear
      But need not listen, more than to my rhymes.
      Whatever wind blows, while they and I have leaves
      WE cannot other than an aspen be
      That ceaselessly, unreasonably grieves,

      Or so men think who like a different tree.

          - Edward Thomas




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      The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
      Tel: 503-232-6639 Fax: 503-233-6794
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      University of Minnesota - Department of Entomology
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      Find all the information you need to conserve pollinator habitat at:
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    • Alex Surcica
      Hi, all: I m preparing two pollinator educational programs for the fruit and vegetable growers in my area. Part of the program will be a one-hour, hands-on bee
      Message 2 of 8 , Dec 16, 2010
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        Hi, all:

         

        I’m preparing two pollinator educational programs for the fruit and vegetable growers in my area. Part of the program will be a one-hour, hands-on bee identification. My goal is to show growers the 20 most commonly encountered bee species on their farms, which are or might be economically important. As some of you mentioned, in certain cases will be easier to present them a group of species rather than a single species. I agree with that, but I would love to get your opinions with regard to what are the most economically important bee species for farmers and what crops each of them visit.

         

        Thank you,

        Alex

         

        From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com [mailto:beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Sam Droege
        Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:58 PM
        To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [beemonitoring] 20 Common Bee Species in Pennsylvania

         

         


        All:


        Alex Surcică recently asked me what a list of 20 common bees might look like for Pennsylvania, so he could start introducing them gently to Master Gardener's and others who had little understanding of the habits and types of Native Bees in their gardens and yards.    The idea is not to overwhelm them with information and the nuance of 400 different life histories, but a petit introduction, something that could be illustrated with pictures and for which specimens could be easily obtained for them to view.  Some may take that to greater depth, but others would simply be informed and gain exposure to a world that is not part of the usual training in butterfly and common insect ID's.

        So that list is below for you to make suggestions about and propose additions and subtractions.

        In addition to this I have been thinking about how one would teach a one day course on native bees to the general (but interested) natural history buff or ... gardener.

        I am wondering if a lot could be accomplished with specimens and a cheap botanical magnification loop plus a picture book of bee types with Peterson style arrows to important features.  

        I know many of you have done such workshop and have ideas about what works and what doesn't.  So I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

        The proposed bee list for PA is below....one could see such a think developing for many states (and regions of states out West) with simple picture guides, similar but not as extensive to what has been done already with Laurence Packer's book and in places within NAAPC and Xerces.  As many of these species would repeat across states, perhaps generic jpegs could be developed that show the important features and people could download them to create their own posters or hand books.

        Xylocopa virginica
        Osmia taurus/cornifrons

        Andrena wilkella

        Megachile rotundata

        Megachile mendica

        Augochlora pura

        Augochlorella aurata

        Agapostemon virescens

        Lasioglossum imitatum

        Lasioglossum versatum

        Bombus impatiens

        Halictus ligatus

        Ceratina calcarata

        Anthidium oblongatum

        Apis mellifera

        Peponapis pruinosa

        Andrena nasonii

        Colletes inaequalis

        Hylaeus mesilliae

        Melissodes bimaculata


        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

        Aspens
        All day and night, save winter, every weather,
        Above the inn, the smithy, and the shop,
        The aspens at the cross-roads talk together
        Of rain, until their last leaves fall from the top.
        Out of the blacksmith's cavern comes the ringing
        Of hammer, shoe, and anvil; out of the inn
        The clink, the hum, the roar, the random singing—
        The sounds that for these fifty years have been.
        The whisper of the aspens is not drowned,
        And over lightness pane and footless road,
        Empty as sky, with every other sound
        Not ceasing, calls their ghosts from their abode,
        A silent smithy, a silent inn, nor fails
        In the bare moonlight or the thick furred gloom,
        In tempest or the night of nightingales,
        To turn the cross-roads to a ghostly room.
        And it would be the same were no house near.
        Over all sorts of weather, men, and times,
        Aspens must shake their leaves and men may hear
        But need not listen, more than to my rhymes.
        Whatever wind blows, while they and I have leaves
        WE cannot other than an aspen be
        That ceaselessly, unreasonably grieves,

        Or so men think who like a different tree.

            - Edward Thomas

      • Mace Vaughan
        Hello everyone, I also recommend going to the great publication on Native Bee Benefits that Rachael Winfree and Neal Williams put together for PA and NJ. It
        Message 3 of 8 , Dec 16, 2010
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          Hello everyone,

           

          I also recommend going to the great publication on Native Bee Benefits that Rachael Winfree and Neal Williams put together for PA and NJ.  It has great summaries of the most important bees from their research.

           

          http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/pa-nj-native-bee-benefits1.pdf

           

          Best,

          Mace

           

          _______________________________________________
          Mace Vaughan
          Pollinator Program Director, Entomologist/Educator
          Joint Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the
               USDA-NRCS West National Technology Support Center

          The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
          4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR  97215-3252 USA
          office: 503-232-6639  fax: 503-233-6794 

          mobile: 503-753-6000  NRCS: 503-273-2442
          email:  mace@... 

          Find all the information you need to conserve pollinator habitat at:

          http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center/


          The Xerces Society is an international, nonprofit organization that

          protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their

          habitat. To join the Society, make a contribution, or read about our

          work, please visit http://www.xerces.org/
          _______________________________________________

           

          From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com [mailto:beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Alex Surcica
          Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:29 AM
          To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: RE: [beemonitoring] 20 Common Bee Species in Pennsylvania

           

           

          Hi, all:

           

          I’m preparing two pollinator educational programs for the fruit and vegetable growers in my area. Part of the program will be a one-hour, hands-on bee identification. My goal is to show growers the 20 most commonly encountered bee species on their farms, which are or might be economically important. As some of you mentioned, in certain cases will be easier to present them a group of species rather than a single species. I agree with that, but I would love to get your opinions with regard to what are the most economically important bee species for farmers and what crops each of them visit.

           

          Thank you,

          Alex

           

          From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com [mailto:beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Sam Droege
          Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:58 PM
          To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [beemonitoring] 20 Common Bee Species in Pennsylvania

           

           


          All:


          Alex Surcică recently asked me what a list of 20 common bees might look like for Pennsylvania, so he could start introducing them gently to Master Gardener's and others who had little understanding of the habits and types of Native Bees in their gardens and yards.    The idea is not to overwhelm them with information and the nuance of 400 different life histories, but a petit introduction, something that could be illustrated with pictures and for which specimens could be easily obtained for them to view.  Some may take that to greater depth, but others would simply be informed and gain exposure to a world that is not part of the usual training in butterfly and common insect ID's.

          So that list is below for you to make suggestions about and propose additions and subtractions.

          In addition to this I have been thinking about how one would teach a one day course on native bees to the general (but interested) natural history buff or ... gardener.

          I am wondering if a lot could be accomplished with specimens and a cheap botanical magnification loop plus a picture book of bee types with Peterson style arrows to important features.  

          I know many of you have done such workshop and have ideas about what works and what doesn't.  So I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

          The proposed bee list for PA is below....one could see such a think developing for many states (and regions of states out West) with simple picture guides, similar but not as extensive to what has been done already with Laurence Packer's book and in places within NAAPC and Xerces.  As many of these species would repeat across states, perhaps generic jpegs could be developed that show the important features and people could download them to create their own posters or hand books.

          Xylocopa virginica
          Osmia taurus/cornifrons

          Andrena wilkella

          Megachile rotundata

          Megachile mendica

          Augochlora pura

          Augochlorella aurata

          Agapostemon virescens

          Lasioglossum imitatum

          Lasioglossum versatum

          Bombus impatiens

          Halictus ligatus

          Ceratina calcarata

          Anthidium oblongatum

          Apis mellifera

          Peponapis pruinosa

          Andrena nasonii

          Colletes inaequalis

          Hylaeus mesilliae

          Melissodes bimaculata


          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

          Aspens
          All day and night, save winter, every weather,
          Above the inn, the smithy, and the shop,
          The aspens at the cross-roads talk together
          Of rain, until their last leaves fall from the top.
          Out of the blacksmith's cavern comes the ringing
          Of hammer, shoe, and anvil; out of the inn
          The clink, the hum, the roar, the random singing—
          The sounds that for these fifty years have been.
          The whisper of the aspens is not drowned,
          And over lightness pane and footless road,
          Empty as sky, with every other sound
          Not ceasing, calls their ghosts from their abode,
          A silent smithy, a silent inn, nor fails
          In the bare moonlight or the thick furred gloom,
          In tempest or the night of nightingales,
          To turn the cross-roads to a ghostly room.
          And it would be the same were no house near.
          Over all sorts of weather, men, and times,
          Aspens must shake their leaves and men may hear
          But need not listen, more than to my rhymes.
          Whatever wind blows, while they and I have leaves
          WE cannot other than an aspen be
          That ceaselessly, unreasonably grieves,

          Or so men think who like a different tree.

              - Edward Thomas

        • Matthew Shepherd
          Good morning everyone, I get the daily digest, so am a little behind in joining this conversation. Like others who work with grower, gardeners, etc., I ve been
          Message 4 of 8 , Dec 17, 2010
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            Good morning everyone,

             

            I get the daily digest, so am a little behind in joining this conversation. Like others who work with grower, gardeners, etc., I’ve been asked many time what the common bees are in an area. Since bird lists or butterfly lists are so commonly available, it’s no surprise that people ask.

             

            I’m very happy to say that our new book will be released in late February. Published by Storey Publishing, Attracting Native Pollinators includes plenty of information about the natural history of bee, butterflies, wasps, flies, and beetles, plus guidance on choosing plants, creating nest sites, etc. However, of most relevance to this discussion, the book has a section on bee of North America containing detailed profiles of 30+ common or abundant bee genera. The profiles include basic ID, nesting and foraging habits, and any interesting factoids. This is not a field guide akin to the Kaufmann or NWF guides—photos are limited to one per genus—but a more in depth treatment of bees people are likely to encounter.

             

            There is more information on our website, www.xerces.org. Release is slated for late February.

             

            Matthew

             

            _____________________________________________

            The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

            A nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through

            the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat.

             

            Matthew Shepherd

            Senior Conservation Associate

            mdshepherd@...

            4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

            Tel: 503-232 6639

            Cell: 503-807 1577

            Fax: 503-233 6794

            www.xerces.org

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