The Xerces Society is now accepting applications for a minimum of two awards to support students pursuing education and research into Lepidoptera conservation. Award amounts are determined annually, but are a minimum of $3,750 each.
By Rich Hatfield, Ann Potter (WDFW), and Joel Sauder (IDFG)
Bumble bees are charismatic and easily recognizable pollinators thanks to their large size and distinctive striped patterns, usually of black and yellow, but often with stripes of red, orange, or white. They play an incredibly important role in keeping our environment healthy by pollinating flowers in natural areas and by contributing to successful harvests on farms.
Developed for community scientists (sometimes referred to as "citizen scientists") to document how native bee communities change through time in pollinator habitats. It includes an introduction to bee identification, an overview of biology, tools for identifying different groups of bees, and observation datasheets.