Roundup: May 22, 2019

1. GROUP EVENTS

If you are planning a trip and want others to join you, email Andony by Friday morning and he will include it the blog. Include meeting locations, times and a contact email to facilitate coordination.

This week:
Saturday on the Scopes (OSU Corvallis, May 25)
- Drop in 10am - 3pm - Entomology Lab (Cordley 3058) MAP
Artist Exhibit in Support of Atlas (McMinnville Center for Arts, May 25) - 4-7 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/426311954592218/
Cottage Grove (Lane County, May 29)
- contact Lauren Grand for details (Lauren.Grand@oregonstate.edu )

2. WHERE ARE ALL THE COOL BEES IN OREGON (VIDEO)

This video shows how volunteers in the Oregon Bee Atlas can locate some of the rarer bees by targeting their collections to bees on our plants in our "hit list". This video will cover the use of the Oregon Flora Atlas and Discover Life.
http://www.oregonflora.org/atlas.php
https://www.discoverlife.org/
https://oregonbeeproject.squarespace....

3. SIGN FOR COLLECTORS

Atlas volunteer Jocelyn McAuley came up with the bright idea. She wondered: “Is it possible to get a vector image of the Oregon Bee Project logo? I'm thinking of getting an 18 x 24 in weather proof sign made at FedEx/Kinkos to prop up when collecting. Have any groups done this already and have files?” Thanks to input from Atlas volunteers we came with the following sign. The files are on the website and can be accessed here as well - three versions: Adobe Illustrator File | Adobe PDF | PNG File

Atlas signs for collectors.png

4. OUTREACH TOOLS/OPPORTUNITIES

Did you know we have PowerPoint presentations that you can download and use to deliver to community groups? Visit the following page to access these presentations. You are free to use and alter these presentations. In some cases we have presenter notes to help you. Go forth engage and educate your fellow Oregonians. You can log your volunteer efforts here.

Also, if you are doing summer tabling events we have postcards cards, the “which bee are you” game and seed packs (of cover crops grown in Oregon). Email Jen (jen.holt@oregonstate.edu) if you need supplies - let her know rough quantities.

Seed pack being distributed at the Metro Pollinator Picnic at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island on May 18, 2019.

Seed pack being distributed at the Metro Pollinator Picnic at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island on May 18, 2019.

5. YOUR QUESTIONS

Q: Is it okay to delete records on the online spreadsheet, or will that confuse things? (A bee came off its pin and when I went to re-glue it, it fell on the floor and disappeared. Yes, you’re dealing with rank amateurs here. I’ve watched your video on gluing bees so hopefully future efforts will stay stuck)

A: First, you guys are amazing - you are learning so much, so quickly. You can definitely delete datalines before they get verified. Another person asked, what if the “bees” turn out to be flies, should you keep those. We would say, its up to you. We will only identify bees, and we don’t want to be overwhelmed with flies and wasps, but if you want to submit them, that’s fine.

Q: The datasheet looks funny. All my data disappeared, but I was just working on it.

A: Yes, someone accidentally filtered the results to focus on their records. People should not do anything on the datasheet expect: 1) add and delete their own rows of data, 2) add comments (in the verfied column only), 3) complete missing data on their records or correct data. We are hoping to organize the database for next week to make it easier for you to work.

6. THIS WEEK ON FACEBOOK

Linc marked the passing of Grumpy Cat by finding the grumpiest bee in Oregon in 2018. Great job Debi for catching one of two specimens of this Andrea species.

Linc marked the passing of Grumpy Cat by finding the grumpiest bee in Oregon in 2018. Great job Debi for catching one of two specimens of this Andrea species.

Linc wrote: “Following up on this week's webinar. Here is Oregon Flora data on Dalea, formerly known as Petalostemonis, or Prairie Clover. It's great stuff, and hosts many specialist bees (Perdita, Calliopsis), as well as many other genera and species. The green mark on the map is the locality for the herbarium specimen data displayed on the right. If you choose 'other options' before 'create map', you can select a range of dates. This is handy for presenting just modern records (2000-2019) which are likely to represent extant populations with accurate GPS data.  #treasuremap   OregonFlora  Consider supporting the Oregon Flora.  http://www.oregonflora.org/supportOFP.php

Linc wrote: “Following up on this week's webinar. Here is Oregon Flora data on Dalea, formerly known as Petalostemonis, or Prairie Clover. It's great stuff, and hosts many specialist bees (Perdita, Calliopsis), as well as many other genera and species. The green mark on the map is the locality for the herbarium specimen data displayed on the right. If you choose 'other options' before 'create map', you can select a range of dates. This is handy for presenting just modern records (2000-2019) which are likely to represent extant populations with accurate GPS data. #treasuremap OregonFlora Consider supporting the Oregon Flora. http://www.oregonflora.org/supportOFP.php

Lori Humphreys posted some great images this week, including this bee. Linc identified these  Hylaeus  (Cephalylaeus) of which there are two species in our area  H. basalis  and  H. nunenmacheri . Briana Lindh noted that these bees love cows parsnip.

Lori Humphreys posted some great images this week, including this bee. Linc identified these Hylaeus (Cephalylaeus) of which there are two species in our area H. basalis and H. nunenmacheri. Briana Lindh noted that these bees love cows parsnip.

Portland Atlas co-team leader Bonnie Shoffner in full bee garb at the Metro Pollinator Picnic at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island on May 18, 2019.

Portland Atlas co-team leader Bonnie Shoffner in full bee garb at the Metro Pollinator Picnic at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island on May 18, 2019.

Big bee, small bee - Michael O’Loughlin

Big bee, small bee - Michael O’Loughlin