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Apr 23
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CT
This event will be recorded and posted to: The Xerces Society YouTube channel
North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas

The Great Plains Bumble Bee Atlas is a community science project that aims to track and conserve the native bumble bees of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Kansas.

This two hour workshop is intended for new participants as well as returning participants who need a refresher on the project methods.

During this event, we will provide clear guidance on how to participate in the Atlas and discuss priorities for the 2024 field season. The training will cover the project's progress, detail the process of planning and conducting surveys, submitting data, and walk through equipment that is needed to participate. We will also cover identification of the common bumble bee species found throughout the region. At the end, we'll open it up for questions and discussion, during which we invite you to turn on your camera and unmute.

This workshop is supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

Learn more and register today!

Katie Lamke - Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Midwest Bumble Bee Atlas - Xerces Society
Katie joined the Xerces Society in 2019 to work on bumble bee conservation initiatives. Based in Nebraska, her main role is to coordinate and engage people in the Midwest's numerous Bumble Bee Atlas efforts. Working with community scientists, researchers, agency and NGO staff, she helps develop tools that drive bumble bee conservation. Katie earned her master's degree in entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she compared wild bee diversity and their floral associations between remnant and restored tallgrass prairies.  She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees. Outside of work, Katie enjoys birding, gardening, skating, and, well, looking for bees.

Genevieve Pugesek - Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Midwest Bumble Bee Atlas - Xerces Society
Genevieve is one of the project managers of the Bumble Bee Atlas, a community science project aimed at tracking and conserving bumble bees. She works with Atlas programs in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. She is broadly interested in conservation biology, land management, and animal natural history. She earned her Ph.D. at Tufts University, where she studied the nesting and overwintering ecology of bumble bees. Prior to working at Xerces, Genevieve worked as a postdoc at UW-Madison, studying the effects of prescribed fire in oak savannas on bumble bee abundance. Outside of work, Genevieve enjoys baking, painting, and spending time outside.