Hymenoptera Bioblitz at Acadia National Park this summer
This is something that doesn't come up very often....a Hymenoptera BioBlitz...and in such a nice spot too! See below for details and websites.
I will be organizing the bee portion and we are looking for people to participate. I am particularly interested in running a series of standard bowl transects in addition to the traditional netting activities so that they can be repeated in the future. I will be setting up the whole operation with bee washers and driers etc. so we can streamline the processing and identification of specimens like a well oiled team. Maybe we will find some Macropis to help with the oiling...
Maybe we will also have a little netting contest too, just to up the ante.
Contact David Manski (David_Manski@...)if you are interested.
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
Excuse my wandering.
How can one be orderly with this?
It's like counting leaves in a garden,
along with the sound notes of partridges,
and computation become absurd.
Please pass on this announcement to any potentially interested parties.
For the past 7 years there has been a Bioblitz at Acadia National
Park, with each year targeting a different group of Insects, and one
year for spiders. The Hymenoptera are the last major group, and as we
know the most challenging. The goal is to sort everything collected
in one day to morphospecies, and then to have the blitz leaders
arrange to take identifications as far as possible for the 1.5 days
following the blitz at the Park, and groups that can be identified
further may be taken or sent to interested specialists following the blitz.
For this year the blitz runs from July 30 to August 2, with the
target day for collecting being July 31. The first half day is for
meeting and planning, then blitz day, and then 1.5 days processing,
sorting, and identifying material.
The part of the park being sampled is the Schoodic Peninsula, a
scenic part of the park that is not crowded by tourists. While the
format is for 24 hours of sampling, it is possible to sample before
and beyond this date, and also on Mt. Desert Island, by arrangement
with the park officials. In terms of collections, their goal is to
get a single specimen of each species that is taken, and the rest are
for those who collected or want them.
The facilities are superb on the Schoodic Peninsula at the SERC
(Schoodic Education and Research Center), with room and board
provided for a nominal fee. For the 1-2 group leaders there is a
stipend. The group leader(s) will be responsible for the final report.
Sam Droege has agreed to handle the bee part, but we are
looking for interested hymenopterists who would enjoy seeing this scenic part of
the US and trying to catch as many species as possible.
See http://home.nps.gov/acad/naturescience/insects.htm for more
information. The formal blitz announcement is not yet up. Contact
David Manski for more information (cc'd above).