Recording of Bumble Bee Webinar Now Available for Viewing
In honor of Citizen Science Month, the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension conducted a webinar on April 30 on Using Community Science to Conserve Bumble Bees. Presenters Rich Hatfield (Xerces Society) and Debbie Roos (North Carolina Cooperative Extension) discussed the role of bumble bees as pollinators, their life cycle, diversity, conservation status, and how to enhance populations by providing forage and nesting sites. Participants learned about the history of Bumble Bee Watch, a community science project that tracks North America’s bumble bees, and also some basics of bumble bee anatomy and how to submit a bumble bee sighting to help with conservation.
Click here to view the webinar agenda and learn about the presenters.
Approximately 200 participants from around the country attended the live webinar.
In an online evaluation, 97% of participants reported that they would be able to implement strategies to help protect and enhance bumble bee populations as a result of what they learned in the webinar.
The webinar was recorded and can be viewed from the Growing Small Farms website. Click to view the recorded webinar.
I compiled some resources related to the topics we discussed during the webinar.
Bumble Bee Conservation Resources:
Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden – N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Bloom Slideshows, Favorite Snapshots, What’s in Bloom Lists, Plant Lists, Top 25 Native Pollinator Plants, Plant Suppliers, Resource List, etc.
Pollinator Web Resources – N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Pollinator Habitat, Native Bees, Pollinator ID, Nesting Sites, Pollinators & Pesticides, Supporting Organizations
Pollinator Resource List – N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Books & Publications, Supplies, Native Plant & Seed Suppliers
Plants with Special Value to Bumble Bees – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
You can narrow your search by state, light requirement, soil moisture, bloom period, height, etc.
Plant Lists & Collections – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Recommended species by state, plants for pollinators, lots of different lists
The Bees of North Carolina: An Identification Guide – NC State Extension
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