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  • Sam Droege
    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
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      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@...

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    • Stillwaugh, Donald M
      Hi Sam, Please keep me on the list for upcoming ID workshops. Unfortunately, both of these sets of dates conflict with commitments I have. Regards, Don Don
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        Hi Sam,

         

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

         

        Regards,

         

        Don

         

        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)

        www.pinellascounty.org/environment


        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

         


        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@usgs. gov

        Thanks

        sam


                                                       
        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

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      • heather8@vt.edu
        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
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          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@...
          >
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        • Yong Park
          Sam, I would like to know still there is a slot to squeeze in. If so, I would like to. Please let me know Yong ( Young ) I. Park, Ph.D. Department of
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            • nancy lee adamson
              Hi, Sam, I still have not really gotten started. It s insane. I m still pinning (took a full load of classes, so all s on hold). Anyway, I have lots to do
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                Hi, Sam, I still have not really gotten started.  It's insane. I'm still pinning (took a full load of classes, so all's on hold).  Anyway, I have lots to do here and good space to work (and I feel good about using the keys on my own since visiting last year), but will eventually need to seek your help again and wonder if for you it's better to have random folks like me try to visit during the workshop times, since you're set up for wandering around answering questions.  If so, would you please let me know the dates of the workshops and if you'd want a semi-wanderer to add to a group?  I seem to have missed them.  Thanks.  Nancy


              • Norment, Jeff - Bangor, ME
                Sam, Are all the workshops held in Maryland? _____________________________________ Jeff Norment NRCS Biologist 967 Illinois Ave, Suite #3 Bangor, ME 04401
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                  Sam,
                   
                  Are all the workshops held in Maryland?
                   

                  _____________________________________

                  Jeff Norment
                  NRCS Biologist
                  967 Illinois Ave, Suite #3
                  Bangor, ME  04401
                  Phone: (207) 990-9571
                  Fax: (207) 990-9599
                  E-mail: jeff.norment@...

                   


                  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


                  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@usgs. gov

                  Thanks

                  sam


                                                                 
                  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.

                • Sam Droege
                  You can email me, however, to be put on the waiting list. sam Sam Droege sdroege@usgs.gov w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624 USGS Patuxent
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                    You can email me, however, to be put on the waiting list.


                    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


                            The Arrival of the Bee Box
                             


                    I ordered this, clean wood box
                    Square as a chair and almost too heavy to lift.
                    I would say it was the coffin of a midget
                    Or a square baby
                    Were there not such a din in it.


                    The box is locked, it is dangerous.
                    I have to live with it overnight
                    And I can't keep away from it.
                    There are no windows, so I can't see what is in there.
                    There is only a little grid, no exit.


                    I put my eye to the grid.
                    It is dark, dark,
                    With the swarmy feeling of African hands
                    Minute and shrunk for export,
                    Black on black, angrily clambering.


                    How can I let them out?
                    It is the noise that appalls me most of all,
                    The unintelligible syllables.
                    It is like a Roman mob,
                    Small, taken one by one, but my god, together!


                    I lay my ear to furious Latin.
                    I am not a Caesar.
                    I have simply ordered a box of maniacs.
                    They can be sent back.
                    They can die, I need feed them nothing, I am the owner.


                    I wonder how hungry they are.
                    I wonder if they would forget me
                    If I just undid the locks and stood back and turned into a tree.
                    There is the laburnum, its blond colonnades,
                    And the petticoats of the cherry.


                    They might ignore me immediately
                    In my moon suit and funeral veil.
                    I am no source of honey
                    So why should they turn on me?
                    Tomorrow I will be sweet God, I will set them free.


                    The box is only temporary.

                    Sylvia Plath

                  • paqinc@aol.com
                    Sam: Can you also put me on wait list? Or on whatever workshop comes next. thanks, Pat Pat Quigley, PP, AICP PAQ Inc. 1080 Quarry Hall Road Norristown, PA
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                      Sam:  Can you also put me on wait list?  Or on whatever workshop comes next.
                       
                      thanks,
                       
                      Pat
                       
                      Pat Quigley, PP, AICP
                      PAQ Inc.
                      1080 Quarry Hall Road
                      Norristown, PA 19403
                      office: (610) 584-1829
                      fax: (610) 584-6331
                      e-mail: PAQINC@...
                       
                      In a message dated 11/6/2008 6:15:11 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, sdroege@... writes:



                      You can email me, however, to be put on the waiting list.


                      sam


                                                                     
                      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


                              The Arrival of the Bee Box
                               


                      I ordered this, clean wood box
                      Square as a chair and almost too heavy to lift.
                      I would say it was the coffin of a midget
                      Or a square baby
                      Were there not such a din in it.


                      The box is locked, it is dangerous.
                      I have to live with it overnight
                      And I can't keep away from it.
                      There are no windows, so I can't see what is in there.
                      There is only a little grid, no exit.


                      I put my eye to the grid.
                      It is dark, dark,
                      With the swarmy feeling of African hands
                      Minute and shrunk for export,
                      Black on black, angrily clambering.


                      How can I let them out?
                      It is the noise that appalls me most of all,
                      The unintelligible syllables.
                      It is like a Roman mob,
                      Small, taken one by one, but my god, together!


                      I lay my ear to furious Latin.
                      I am not a Caesar.
                      I have simply ordered a box of maniacs.
                      They can be sent back.
                      They can die, I need feed them nothing, I am the owner.


                      I wonder how hungry they are.
                      I wonder if they would forget me
                      If I just undid the locks and stood back and turned into a tree.
                      There is the laburnum, its blond colonnades,
                      And the petticoats of the cherry.


                      They might ignore me immediately
                      In my moon suit and funeral veil.
                      I am no source of honey
                      So why should they turn on me?
                      Tomorrow I will be sweet God, I will set them free.


                      The box is only temporary.

                      Sylvia Plath




                    • Sam Droege
                      Jeff: The free ones are all in MD. There is a scheduled for pay one (for non doi employees) in April at the NCTC in WV but I have a gut feeling that it will be
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                        Jeff:
                         
                        The free ones are all in MD.  There is a scheduled for pay one (for non doi employees) in April at the NCTC in WV but I have a gut feeling that it will be cancelled due to lack of enrollment (likely to the existence of the free ones).
                         
                        sam


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                        To: <beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com>
                        From: "Norment, Jeff - Bangor, ME" <jeff.norment@...>
                        Sent by: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
                        Date: 11/06/2008 06:10PM
                        Subject: RE: [beemonitoring] A few slots available in the December and February Bee ID workshops


                        Sam,
                        Are all the workshops held in Maryland?
                         

                        ____________ _________ _________ _______

                        Jeff Norment
                        NRCS Biologist
                        967 Illinois Ave, Suite #3
                        Bangor, ME  04401
                        Phone: (207) 990-9571
                        Fax: (207) 990-9599
                        E-mail: jeff.norment@ me.usda.gov

                         


                        From: beemonitoring@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:beemonitori ng@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

                         


                        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@usgs. gov

                        Thanks

                        sam


                                                                       
                        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

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