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Minnesota Wild Bee Survey: A Summary of the Statewide Bee Survey and What we have Learned
Presenter: Nicole Gerjets, Bee Survey Specialist, Minnesota Biological Survey

Bees are incredibly diverse and provide important ecological services such as pollination. However, baseline information such as faunistic surveys and habitat associations are lacking for most bee species in Minnesota. The goal of this project was to document the bee diversity in the state to inform conservation decisions. The bee diversity in Minnesota was largely undescribed prior to investments in this project. We initiated a statewide wild bee survey in 2015 that has increased the statewide list to just over 490 bee species. Field surveys using passive trapping and hand netting off flowers have covered all counties in Minnesota. Results of the project will be presented, along with a vision for future bee surveys and monitoring.

Mar 16, 2023 06:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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