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Volunteers Track Native Bumble Bees

Volunteers Track Native Bumble Bees

Posted: Thu Jun 21 18:32:48 PDT 2018
Updated: Thu Jun 21 18:32:48 PDT 2018

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from oregon, eers with the pacific northwest bumble bee atlas are searching for bees, much like the ones that are pollinating this lavender bush here in ashland." pepper trail has been tracking native bumble bees for about five years. pepper trail/volunteer: "bumble bees are among our most important pollinators." this year the xersus society introduced a project to track the 25 bumble bee species native to the pacific northwest 4 are rapidly declining...and one species...the franklins bumble bee ... was last seen in 2006 on mt ashland. pepper trail/volunteer: "we've been looking and we still have not found anymore. we're fearful that species might be lost." as a volunteer, pepper is assigned an area to survey. he uses a jar to capture the bumblebee ...photographs it... writes down the precise location...and describes their habitat. all of this data is then turned over to the experts. pepper trail/volunteer: "they're all kinda fuzzy and black and yellow, so it's not the easiest thing to identify." bumble bees are most active from june to september. each volunteer must complete two you factor in things like data, paperwork, and travel it can be 4 hours per information is getting into a scientific database." kate houston/ashland: "this is an open ended project that the pacific northwest bumblebee atlas hopes to continue for years to come. reporting in ashland, kate houston, newswatch12." it's
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