The spring ephemerals are emerging and the early bees are out! Join U of M bee researcher Gordon Fitch to learn about the diverse ecologies of spring-flying bees. Get tips on how you can support these important pollinators, and learn how you can effectively and non-destructively monitor bee populations. https://lsa.umich.edu/eeb/people/graduate-students/gmfitch.html
How do you decide where, how much, and how often to survey a site? Do you mainly do a meander survey or do you also use some systematic sampling to ensure that you're casting the net widely enough? How should the landscape direct your inventory approach? Are there modifications of the FQA (like Universal FQA) that go beyond simple presence/absence data to account for abundance, and how effective or necessary are those approaches?
Julie McLaughlin, the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy Stewardship Coordinator, will lead a discussion at SMLC's Conservancy Farm site on whether and how to restore active agricultural lands and fallow lands, including questions such as:
- How do we monitor the success of the fallow fields going from farmed > hayed > fallow > restored?