While most of the attention goes to those honey producing, easily managed primary crop pollinators the honey bees, there is a growing awareness of the wide diversity of native bees in North America. Those under appreciated eusocial and solitary bees that are fantastic and often crop specific pollinators such as bumblebees, mason bees, squash bees, headquarters and many, many more.
Now the Bee Smart beekeeping project is setting up a new adventure called “Bee Smart Bee Spotters”. The goal I’d to teach people how to identify these incredible native bees, know more about their habitat and share the experience of seeing them work their fuzzy, winged magic.
The best part is that becoming a Bee Smart Bee Spotter is no cost to you. All you need is some time, an adventurous spirit, a phone or other digital camera and a member account on the Bee Smart beekeeping project website forums page.
Then, you’re a bee spotter. What Bee Spotters do is upload their own pictures of local bees and provide information about the photo of the Bee. Where was it taken, what kind of Bee is it. When was it seen, what season, etc…
Even if you don’t know what type of bee it is, you can post it in the “ID The Bee” sub-forum and we can help you figure out what kind of Bee you spotted.
Do you want to know more about how to identify native bees and their habitat? There will be classes offered at MCC and Lauritzen Gardens to help you do that starting this Summer.
It’s like bird watching, but more exciting! Bee Spotting is for any one, any age, whether you are a beekeeper or not.
Come on over and sign up on the Bee Smart beekeeping project website Forums page today and help us build the Bee Smart Bee Spotters community.