1. HOW TO GET A BEE INTO A NET (AND THEN INTO A KILLING JAR)
Here is a short video on how to get bees into your nets and from your nets into your killing jars. There is more than one way to do this, but with practice, the maneuvers featured in this video can quick, easy and reliable.
2. CONTRIBUTING TO THE PNW BUMBLE BEE ATLAS
Beyond the required three group activities, we encourage Atlas members to explore and do special projects that most interest them. One project many volunteers have expressed interest in is the Xerces Society PNW Bumble Bee Atlas. In this video Rich Hatfield from the Xerces Society explains what the PNW Bumble Bee Atlas is and how to get involved with it. Rich has also included a step-by-step guide to break down some of the important steps for you.
3. WHAT DO I DO WITH THE NEST BLOCKS?
If you have some nest blocks, these should go up over the course of the next month. Ideally, you will find natural locations to place the blocks in adjacent to a natural plant communities, but you can also place these in gardens or adjacent to agricultural fields (any place you think cavity nesting bees or wasps will be). We are just in the process of emerging last year’s bees and hope to add them to the Atlas to in the spring. You can find the updated manual for placing these blocks here.