“The Bees’ Needs: A Native Pollinator Citizen Scientist Project” will be presented by University of Colorado Museum of Natural History’s Citizen Scientist Coordinator Alexandra Rose, Ph.D., and Entomology Collections Manager Virginia Scott at 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 21, at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Rose and Ms. Scott are looking for people who are interested in becoming “citizen scientists,” to assist them in monitoring and documenting the nesting habits of native bees.
This presentation will talk both about the research project and give a general introduction to the native bees most common in Boulder County. Scott explains, “These are solitary
bees that are docile and rarely sting.” Solitary bees live alone rather than in colonies, like honey bees or bumble bees, and while many of the females are short-lived, they perform vital pollination services as they collect nectar and pollen from plants to feed their offspring. Rose and Scott will explain how these fascinating solitary wood-nesting bees can nest and pollinate your garden.
Participants will be given the tools needed to be successful, including bee nesting blocks and an illustrated guidebook to instruct participants on data collection. Scott will provide background about Boulder’s native bees and what you might expect to experience during this pilot program. If you are unable to attend the workshop, you can learn more and sign up to participate in the program at www.beesneeds.colorado.edu.
Dr. Rose is the Citizen Scientist Coordinator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. She has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Tree Swallows, relying on a volunteer workforce of field assistants. Primarily a bird biologist, Alex has experience working with a variety of species including deer, small mammals, and polar bears.
Scott completed her Master’s degree in entomology at Michigan State University where she worked on the nesting biology of Hylaeus (Hymenoptera: Colletidae). After graduating she worked as a research technician studying Megachile (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She continues to be interested in the nesting biology of solitary bees as she works to expand and update the museum’s entomology collection.
Citizen scientists can be science enthusiasts, hobbyists, or educators who want to get involved with science in an interactive way. Being a citizen scientist enables all of us to not only collect data, but to be an important part of evolving research.
The museum is located in the Henderson Building at 15th Street and Broadway. Limited parking is available to the public in lot #208 on the south side of the museum. The cost for parking after 5 p.m., at this and all campus parking lots, is $3. The museum is easily accessed by bike, B-cycle, foot, and bus (16th and Broadway/Euclid stop).
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