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.
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?
Get to know or review your insects (the most important organisms on the planet!) while discussing and practicing the best ways to sample and survey them. Erika Tucker and George Hammond both have experience finding, catching, and identifying insects in the field, as well as leading citizen-science based surveys of insects and other critters. We’ll see what id characteristics and sampling methods you could use and what finding different or particular insects might reveal about the quality or condition of a restoration site.