Announcements 

2017 Training Workshops for the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas - 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.  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 2017 workshops are scheduled for Saturday, May 6th at the University of Maine in Orono and Saturday, June 10th at the Houlton High School.  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 required (link to form).  Before you register, please read the “Frequently Asked Questionsfor an explanation of what volunteering for MBBA entails. If it still sounds like fun, fill out the attached 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.

Bumble Bee ID Workshop - We held a bumble bee identification workshop at the University of Maine at Augusta on Saturday, November 5, 2016.  Beth Swartz (IFW), Kalyn Bickerman-Martens (UMO), and Ron Butler (UMF) did an introductory presentation on bee biology and identification, and then MBBA members adjourned to labs to spend time keying out specimens with the aid of microscopes, while MBBA staff circulated offering pointers and advice.  Another identification workshop will be scheduled in for summer 2017.

MBBA Manual - A pdf copy of the updated June 2016 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, rather than the older 2015 forms.  The pdf version is also now a 'fillable' form.

Quantitative Survey - Those of you interested in participating in the QS project should email MBBA Project Coordinator at beth.swartz@maine.gov for additional instructions.