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.
This five-day course should not be confused with the one-day introductory course we have offered in various counties across Oregon. This is an advanced course and we are hoping to enroll at least one person from each regional Oregon Bee Atlas sampling team. It is possible for multiple people from the same team to be enrolled, however we will prioritize capturing a broad representation of teams from across Oregon. We have added a second date to help accommodate others in the region who are looking for this training.
This course is not required for you to participate in the Atlas. Our goal is to train people in basic taxonomy who can then be leaders in their region by teaching others. Prior experience is not needed - we are looking for people committed for the long term who have a passion for teaching others and sharing the knowledge they have gained from the course.
If you are interested in enrolling, please continue with the application linked below. We'll review all submissions, make selections for 2018, and place the remaining on a waiting list for next year.
Thank you for your interest and commitment to the Oregon Bee Atlas!
APPLICATION SURVEY WILL CLOSE END OF DAY APRIL 30TH
Five-Day Bee School
Please note that two options are available for dates. After all applications have been received, you will be sent a questionnaire to select your session.
First Session Dates: Monday July 9th through Friday July 13th
Second Session Dates: Monday July 16th through Friday July 20th
Time: All day sessions, tentatively 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon; classes will be in Cordley Hall
Lodging: Double occupancy dorm rooms are available for approximately $29 per night
Cost: $750.00 (plus cost of optional lodging and meal plan - subsidies available for Atlas volunteers)
Instructor: Lincoln Best
Linc is a native bee taxonomist from British Columbia. He has been teaching a native bee course in BC for the past three years, and has conducted extensive native bee surveys in western Canada. He is a Research Associate at the Zoology Museum, University of Calgary and the Lead Taxonomist with the Oregon Bee Atlas.