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.
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.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need supplies - let her know rough quantities.
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.