Announcements 

2017 Specimen Submissions - Just a reminder that you may drop off your box(es) of voucher specimens and completed data forms any time during the month of August at any of the UMaine County Extension offices (see your MBBA manual for locations and business hours). However, if your box still has plenty of room in it and you plan to continue collecting through the summer and fall, please wait until the box is full and turn it in later in August or during the October/November drop-off period. And remember, you can also drop your specimens off anytime with MBBA staff in Orono, Bangor, Gorham, and Farmington (see manual for locations and contact information).

If you haven’t quite gotten into the “swing” of participating in MBBA yet – it’s not too late!! Bumble bees will still be flying for another three months. Every record is valuable data, so even if you only contribute one or a few vouchers it’s still helpful to the project. Each of you has the opportunity to contribute something new and important!

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 took place on Saturday, May 6th at the University of Maine in Orono and Saturday, June 10th at Houlton High School.  We will announce the 2018 workshops next spring.

2017 Bumble Bee ID Workshop - We held a bumble bee identification workshop at the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  Beth Swartz (IFW), Ron Butler (UMF), Kalyn Bickerman-Martens (UMO), and Frank Drummond (UMO) did an introductory presentation on bee biology and identification.  MBBA members then 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 2018.

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, 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.