A Citizen Science Project Exploring Bee Biodiversity in Northern Colorado
Native Bee Watch Newsletter #14
Welcome to the Native Bee Watch Newsletter! This newsletter provides the current buzz on bee monitoring, tips for best practice observing, and other fun, educational resources. Enjoy! 
About Native Bee Watch

We have new bee-enthusiasts on the Native Bee Watch Newsletter, so I wanted to introduce myself. 

My name is Lisa Mason and I am a graduate student at Colorado State University. I am pursuing my Master's Degree in entomology (the study of insects). I am passionate about pollinator conservation and thus started my research project -- Native Bee Watch. 

Native Bee Watch is a research and citizen science program that monitors bees. Currently, we are monitoring in Fort Collins, but we may expand in the future. The goal with monitoring is to determine how urban areas are impacting bee populations. In the future, we hope to make recommendations to homeowners and city planners on how to create bee biodiversity hotspots in urban areas. 

This project is part of CSU's Pollination Biology Lab. You will meet many of the lab members this summer if you are bee monitoring. To learn more about our lab, visit the Pollination Biology Lab website

I am so excited for everyone that signed up to monitor bees this summer! We are going to have a fun, educational summer.

The bees are already out! I stopped by the Gardens at Spring Creek this morning, and saw two Halictus sp. or striped sweat bees, four bumble bees with orange stripes (most likely  Bombus huntii or Bombus centralis ), and many honey bees! 

We have about 30 volunteers participating in bee monitoring this summer. The training will be a valuable tool to help get you out in the field. (Details below). 

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you soon! 


Photo (above right): Agapostemon sp., Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org
Bee Monitoring Training

If you signed up to monitor bees this summer, here is a reminder about training: 


Saturday, May 20th from 9-11am at the Lory Student Center, rooms 304-306


Thursday, May 25th from 6-8pm at the Lory Student Center, rooms 304-306

Thanks to the those that have RSVP'ed. If you haven't RSVP'ed, please email me as soon as possible. 

The Lory Student Center is located at  1101 Center Ave Mall,  Fort Collins, CO 80521. Here is a map. You can park on the north side in the engineering parking lot or west of Morgan Library in the library parking lot. 

Volunteers studying bee specimens. Photo: Victoria Halligan
Dr. Arathi Seshadri showing the parts of a flower to volunteers. Photo: Lisa Mason
Buzzing Information on Bees 
I-76 designated as new 'Colorado Pollinator Highway' The new designation of I-76 from Denver to Nebraska is a way to raise awareness and educate people about how important pollinators are to the state. Here is the full House Joint Resolution 17-1029.

Why Honeybees Are Good at Grooming (It's All in the Hair) . A one-minute video from the New York Times with great footage about honey grooming. You can see why bees are the most efficient pollinators! 

Noise pollution from gas compressors changes abundance of insects, spiders. It would be interesting to know how noise pollution affects ground-nesting bees. 

Diadasia enavata on a coneflower. Photo: Diane Wilson
Native Bee Watch: A Citizen Science Project Exploring Bee Biodiversity in Northern Colorado

Website: nativebeewatch.wordpress.com     Contact: Lisa Mason at Lisa.Mason@ColoState.edu