Recording of Bumble Bee Webinar Now Available for Viewing

Posted On May 19, 2020— Written By
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Bumble bee on coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

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 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: