Oregon's four managed bee pollinators play a key role in the production of some of the state's most delicious crops. With pollination season just about to begin, we review when and where these bees are pollinating across Oregon.
As part of our efforts to build taxonomic expertise in surveying Oregon's native bee population, the Oregon Bee Project is offering an advanced five-day native bee survey and identification course at Oregon State University in Corvallis this summer 2018.
The Oregon Bee Atlas' four year mission is to train volunteers across the state to survey their County for native bees, curate the specimens so they can be deposited into museum collections (particularly our State collection - the Oregon State Arthropod Collection) and start the difficult task identifying the bees to species.
The Oregon Bee Project is working towards measurement of improved pollinator health over time. This effort got a huge boost this week from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill. A project led by Andony Melathopoulos of Oregon State University with help from partners at the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Xerces Society received a $544,929 grant from FFAR’s Pollinator Health Fund to develop new tools for assessing the impact of the partners’ efforts on bee pollinator health.
What is the Oregon Bee Project and where did it come from? The origin story of the Oregon Bee Project is an excellent example of Oregonians developing innovative local solutions.