community science


BEEverton Bee Festival – Beaverton, OR

Published on July 9, 2019

July 28th, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Beaverton City Library
Beaverton, OR

Join Xerces Ambassadors at the Beaverton Library Bee event to learn about the diversity of native bees in your neighborhood and how you can help them. Come by the Xerces table to color a butterfly mask and get involved in community science!

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Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Lincoln, NE

Published on June 27, 2019

August 17th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hardin Hall Auditorium – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

Join us for this full-day training lead by Katie Lamke, Jennifer Hopwood, and Rae Powers of the Xerces Society, to learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas. This training is provided for anyone who has a curiosity for bumble bees and flowers, and an interest in contributing to an important citizen science project to provide a better understanding of the status of native bumble bees in Nebraska. Please join this project and help collect critical information on local bumble bees. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout our region.

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Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Bennington, NE

Published on June 26, 2019

August 3rd, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Glacier Creek Preserve
Bennington, NE

Join us for this full-day training lead by Katie Lamke, Bumble Bee Conservation Specialist, and Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, to learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas. This training is provided for anyone who has a curiosity for bumble bees and flowers, and an interest in contributing to an important citizen science project to provide a better understanding of the status of native bumble bees in Nebraska. Please join this project and help collect critical information on local bumble bees. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout our region.

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Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Ashland, OR

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July 20th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
GEOS Institute
Ashland, OR

Join us for this full-day training lead by Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist at the Xerces Society, to learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. This training is provided for anyone who has a curiosity for bumble bees and flowers, and an interest in contributing to an important citizen science project to provide a better understanding of the status of native bumble bees in the Pacific Northwest. Please join this project and help collect critical information on Pacific Northwest bumble bees. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout our region.

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Working to Conserve Monarchs from Coast to Coast

Published on June 21, 2019

The migration of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus plexippus) is an awe-inspiring sight that heralds the changing seasons across much of North America. Sadly, these inspiring migrations have experienced significant declines in the past few decades. The Xerces Society is working across the U.S. to conserve this beloved species, and there are a number of ways you can help!


Brown-belted bumble bee (Bombus griseocollis)

Introducing Xerces’ Newest Community Science Project: Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas

Published on June 18, 2019

To help further our understanding of, and conservation efforts for, bumble bees, the Xerces Society has launched the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas. This community science project offers locals the opportunity to work alongside researchers to collect data that will shed light on the distribution, status, and habitat needs of Nebraska’s bumble bees.


Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas Project Aims to Engage Community Scientists in Tracking Bumble Bees

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A new project provides an opportunity for community scientists to work alongside researchers to better understand the status of Nebraska’s bumble bees. The state is home to nearly 20 different species of these charismatic and easily recognizable bees. The Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas is spearheaded by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Milwaukie, OR

Published on June 11, 2019

July 27th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
St. Paul’s Methodist Church
Milwaukie, OR

Join Xerces staff and partners for this workshop that will open a window into the fascinating world of North America’s native bees and butterflies, introduce you to what they need, and examine the threats that make the future daunting for them. You will learn about native bee and other insect natural history, their importance to our environment and food supply, and most importantly, the straightforward steps you can take to create lasting change in our urban landscapes to better support bees and other wildlife in your community.

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New iNaturalist Project Makes it Easier to Submit Data to the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper

Published on June 7, 2019

Now you can submit data to the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper using the iNaturalist app on a smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android are both supported). This new way of submitting data makes it easier to share photos and locality data—and we need all hands on deck this season, to better understand the hurdles facing the imperiled western monarch population!


Rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis)

Five Ways Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Bumble Bee Recovery & Conservation Initiatives are Benefitting from the Success of Bumble Bee Watch

Published on May 2, 2019

Since its launch in 2014, and thanks to its growing popularity each year, Bumble Bee Watch has generated an enormous dataset devoted to cataloging North America’s bumble bee fauna, and the information it contains has enabled us to tackle important questions in bumble bee ecology.


Community Scientists Take on the Cultivar Conundrum

Published on April 10, 2019

The Xerces Society’s blog post “Picking Plants for Pollinators: The Cultivar Conundrum” highlighted the lack of research on this topic, which limits our ability to make informed choices regarding the use of cultivars for supporting pollinators and other beneficial insects. To help address this knowledge gap, Budburst launched the Nativars research project in 2018.


Yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola)

A Quest for Bumble Bee Nests: The Missing Link

Published on March 26, 2019

Researchers at York University are recruiting members from across North America for a very important mission. You will need to be vigilant, always observing. This subject is elusive. Determination, a sharp eye, and a smartphone will be your greatest assets. The mission, should you choose to accept it: find and submit sightings of bumble bee nests.


Community Scientists Can Help Support Imperiled Western Monarchs

Published on March 12, 2019

We encourage everyone to take some time while hiking in the California coast range, California Central Valley, and the rest of the West, to help researchers by submitting any and all monarch and milkweed observations this year to the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper website.