It’s time for our eighth annual Native Bee Count. Dr. Gordon Frankie and his bee team from UCBerkeley Urban Bee Lab will once again be guiding us through the citizen science of Native Bees. In this citizen science project we must follow the same protocols each year, which means we can take only 10 participants.
This year the Native Bee Count will be on Saturday, June 30. We will meet at 8:30AM and end at 5PM.
As volunteers, you will be trained to capture bees in their native environment in order to survey the numbers and types of bees present and then to compare those numbers each year. In the morning briefing and as you survey each site, you will learn conservation of bees and other insects that visit flowers, why bees are important, statewide finings on the bee/flower relationship from Urban Bee Lab research all over the State of California and stewardship of bee gardens.
The event will take place at the Sonoma Garden Park and two other locations in the southern Sonoma Valley. Further directions and information will be sent after you register.
There will be morning and afternoon snacks. Since everyone will be scattered during lunch you should plan to bring a light lunch.
Please pre-register with Shelley Arrowsmith firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a $35 fee (cash please) which will be collected on Saturday at the Native Bee Count.
For information about native bees go to the UCBerkeley Urban Bee Lab website at www.helpabee.org.
We hope you can join us for the informative and fun activity.
Shelley Arrowsmith, Bee Count Coordinator
Alana Coburn, Refreshment Coordinator
Gordon Frankie and all the Urban Bee Lab staff at UCBerkeley