Franklin's bumble bee (Bombus franklini) has been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, this species has not been seen since Dr. Robbin Thorp (UC Davis) detected a lone worker in 2006. However, this species inhabits one of the most wild (and beautiful) regions of the Pacific Northwest, and historic survey effort throughout its range has been focused on only a few localities; a more concerted effort to find it is needed — and you can help! Join Endangered Species Conservation Biologists at the Xerces Society, Rich Hatfield and Leif Richardson, and Wildlife Biologist at the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Jeff Everett in this workshop to discuss the known ecology of this species (and other bumble bees), and the conservation challenges it faces. We will share historic localities, as well as some of the best places to go looking. We will also cover the practicalities of surveying for a proposed endangered species, with participation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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