Today’s episode is all about getting the public involved in surveying and identifying different species of bees. Dr Elaine Evans is our guest. She’s the new Extensions Educator working on bee conservation at University of Minnesota.

Dr. Evans has been working on education and advocacy for native pollinators for a long time, and is the lead on a fascinating project called the Minnesota Bumblebee Survey.

Listen in to this episode to understand how you can get involved in some important citizen science initiatives.

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“We have really good evidence of decline in bumble bees. There are some bee species that seem to be stable though.” – Dr. Elaine Evans

Show Notes:

  • Why the University of Minnesota’s Extension decided to focus on pollinators this year
  • Getting citizens involved in monitoring bees
  • How Dr. Evans became interested in bees
  • About the book she wrote on bumblebees
  • How she started the Bumblebee Watch program
  • What’s going on with the decline of bumblebees in North America
  • How Citizen Science works in Minnesota to track bees
  • Ways that the Bumblebee Watch program uses pictures to identify bees
  • How to teach people to tell different bee species apart
  • How the program uses volunteers to track cavity nesting bees

“The Bee Squad is looking at using honey bees as a gateway to other pollinators.” – Dr. Elaine Evans

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Francis Ratnieks on PolliNation with Andony MelathopoulosWelcome to the first episode of PolliNation Podcast.

“A hairy vegetarian wasp.”

That’s how professor Francis Ratnieks of the University of Sussex describes the bee.

Professor Ratnieks has done a lot of research on bees, from honeybee biology to practical solutions for beekeepers and homeowners interested in encouraging pollinators.

This wide-ranging interview is full of tips for how to select pollinator plants, reasons for becoming a beekeeper, and common myths that people have about bees.

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“If you a beginning beekeeper, I would greatly advise getting some assistance from an experienced beekeeper.” – Francis Ratnieks

Show Notes:

  • Where Francis got his interest in honeybees
  • Why the advice on honeybees given to the public is not often that good
  • What the benefits are to keeping bees in cities
  • The unique challenges to keeping bees in urban areas
  • Tips for keeping bees in a way that doesn’t bother your neighbors
  • How many bee colonies a city block can support
  • Why planting floral resources may be the best way to save the bees
  • Why foreign species of plants may be just as good for honeybees as local varieties
  • How honeybees can fly up to 12km to find pollinators
  • Dispelling the myths that the public has about bees
  • How to recognize different species of bees
  • Avoiding bee stings and telling the difference between a bee sting and yellow jacket sting
  • What you can do to help bees in urban areas

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“Bees only sting if you get close to the hive, not when they are foraging.” – Francis Ratnieks

PolliNation is a podcast from Oregon State University Extension Service that tells the stories of researchers, land managers and concerned citizens who are making bold strides to improve the health of pollinators.

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