Announcements 

 2018 Training Workshops for the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas - To be announced.   Please note: Only two field seasons (2018 and 2019) remain for MBBA and 2018 is the last year volunteer training workshops will be offered.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW) is seeking volunteers to assist in the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas (MBBA), a five year (2015-2019) statewide survey designed to document the diversity, distribution and abundance of Maine’s native bumble bee species. Coordinated in partnership with the University of Maine at Orono and Farmington, MBBA is modeled after MDIFW’s highly successful Maine Butterfly Survey and Maine Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey, which marshal the efforts of volunteer citizen scientists from across Maine to increase our knowledge on the status of the state’s insect fauna. Participants do not need to have prior experience in surveying for bees – just an interest and willingness to learn and contribute data to the project.

To recruit volunteers for the survey, MDIFW is sponsoring two training workshops during each year of the project. Attendees will be trained in a standardized survey and data collection protocol, and project staff will give presentations on bumble bee life history, ecology, and conservation. The 2018 workshops are scheduled for Saturday, May 19th at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham and Saturday, June 9th at the University of Maine in Orono. The workshops are free, you only need to attend one, and lunch is provided.

Workshop space is limited, open to adults only, and pre-registration is requiredBefore you register, please read the 'Frequently Asked Questions' for an explanation of what volunteering for MBBA entails. If it still sounds like fun, fill out the pre-registration form and return to the MBBA Project Coordinator at beth.swartz@maine.gov. A confirmation email will be sent once your form has been processed.

MBBA Manual - A pdf copy of the updated June 2017 MBBA manual has been posted under the Members Resources tab.

Site Visit Forms - Please note that we have updated both the Word and the pdf versions of Site Visit Form.  Please use the updated versions (2016), rather than the older 2015 forms.  The pdf version is also now a 'fillable' form.