I would like to solicit advise from the group - for my PhD research, I am doing a survey of urban gardens to 1) understand what native bees we have in SE Nebraska, and 2) explore the impact that plant diversity has on pollinator abundance and diversity in the home landscape setting. I plan to sweep net once every two weeks from April-October. I will ID down to Family, and in Megachilidae, down to species.
I am having trouble finding a protocol for standardizing the 'plots.' As we all probably know, gardens are irregularly shaped and vary in size. One thing I am considering is taking a bloom count at each sweep net event and looking at that in relation to the overall square footage of the property.
Has anyone dealt with standardizing/characterizing plots within home landscapes? If anyone has any suggestions or previous experience with something like this, please contact me via the information below.
Thank you all in advance.
Extension Educator, Horticulture
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Fremont, NE 68025
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