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 Native Bee working group met at Smiling Dog Landscapes on July 19th 2018 @ 8;AM. Ann
Ellis, Tom McDonald, Connie Thomas, Sarah Starkebaum, Maddie Ostwald, and lecturer at ASU, ZachShaffer, PhD attended.
Our discussions were quite free ranging, continuing the theme of interesting citizens in native bee
pollinators and recruiting them to contribute to projects. We hope to motivate and support interested
persons in learning about the bees and learning how to provide, promote and preserve habitat for them.
We continue to formulate the implementation of our ideas. The following list of projects need work and
study and we are researching and contacting expert sources for assistance:
Determine which plants attract native bees.
How do native bees use water?
Determine which data collection techniques are useful.
How can the average person identify a native bee? (pan trap..or?).
Maddie has taken the task of the Website “Scientist app”, and will work on a more formal data protocol
with Dr. Zach and others from our team. Data can be collected from all over the Sonoran Desert so it will
be necessary to know the location at which the collection was made.
We are hoping to be ready to introduce the project to the Pinal Master Gardeners October update