SDNB Meeting Notes.
This is the Sonoran Desert Native Bees archive for meeting notes. Everything that is discussed in the meeting are noted and posted below.
The Sonoran Desert Native Bee working group met at the Executive suites on Kings Ranch Road, space
courtesy of Dr. Pamela McMahon. In attendance were Tom Mc Donald, Anne Ellis, Sara Starkebaum,
Maddie Ostwald, Zach Schaffer and Connie Thomas.
Ideas are beginning to coalesce into action. Maddie is working on developing a worksheet for
participants to record their native bee observations. She is attempting to combine observations from
the casual observer of bee activity/identity to the more sophisticated observer.
iNaturalist is an “app” that may be of help in our data collection. We will also endeavor to develop a
single website to collect all data received which will include dates, location (GPS coordinates would be
best), and descriptive input such as items listed above.
Anne will start an iNaturalist project so we can
test it out before larger scale use in the spring.
Regular participants (project members) should identify themselves by age, experience, and degree of
interest in observation regimen. Casual participants might just upload an image to the iNaturalist app.
In order to be collecting data during the spring 2019 season, we will need to recruit participants and
teach them about the project during the upcoming fall and winter. Potential venues for getting the word
out could include:
Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA)
o Superstition Master Gardeners seminar series (contact: Carol Parrott, Barb Lindholm)
o Educational programs for kids and parents (contact: Lacey Pacheco)
Desert Botanical Garden (DBG)
o Seminar/workshop on bee identification (contact: Susan Rubin)
o Family class on constructing and/or decorating bee hotel, block, etc. (contact: Angelica
Earth Heart Park monthly farmers’ market (contact: Gustavo)
Singh Meadows farmers’ market (contact: Ken Singh)
Steele Indian School Park events (contact needed)
o Dia de los muertos, first week in Nov.
Earth Day events in 2019 (specific venues TBD)
Ideas for seminars and workshop presentations (all will need to be prepared!):
Electronic tutorial for those interested in participating in the Native Bee study
Build and decorate a bee hotel (kits and materials under consideration now)
o May be a minimum depth requirement – searching for reference on this
o Contact local woodworkers for help in preparing basic bee block
Prepare presentations on identifying and attracting bees
o Basic level: honeybee or native bee?
o “Advanced” native bee identification
o Attracting native bees (plant list – Tom is working on this one)
Dr. Nico Franz is the curator of the Hasbrouck Insect Collection at ASU. Dr. Franz may be able to assist our teaching efforts with excellent composite photos of bees to use in identification, and has offered to give the group a tour of the facility. Anne will contact Dr. Franz to make arrangements for our group to tour, planning on a date in September. Friday afternoons appear to be the best choice right now.
Anne is compiling a list of our team member mobile phones to enable texting. This list will not be
published and will only be accessible by team members.