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.
We first finalized our group name, as we are moving toward printing promotional materials, rack cards and web page and data forms. The name selected is Sonoran Desert Native Bees, and we will expand our study range include the entire Sonoran Desert, not limited to Arizona. Anne will modify existing web pages and other materials to reflect the change.
New web site: https://sites.google.com/site/sonorandesertbees/
Done! New iNaturalist project name: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sonoran-desert-native-bees
To complete our branding efforts, Maddie has connected with an artist at ASU who has agreed to do some logo work for us , and she will be meeting with the artist today (Oct 25) to outline our needs. Hopefully by the next time we meet, there may be a design or two for consideration!
Maddie has also made tremendous progress on the training materials, data protocol and observation sheets. These forms include:
Tom volunteered to write an article for the Gold Canyon Ledger and will discuss his Garden Walks and Critter Walks, as well as introducing the Native Bees working group activities. He plans to have the article ready for publication in January.
Tom also purchased a terrific bee poster and has had it durably and beautifully framed so we can take it to markets and events. The poster accompanies the book “The Bees in Your Backyard,” and shows numerous renderings of native bees with their genus names. Gorgeous!
Local artisan Mike Herrera has made a bee block sample for us, which we believe could sell for $25-30. Anne will contact Mike to find out which shows, markets, etc. Mike plans to attend, and we’ll give him our materials (rack card, etc.) when they are ready. We will take his bee block to markets and shows we do, along with his cards. We don’t want to purchase or resell anything ourselves, but could work with Mike and promote each other’s work. Update: Mike contacted Anne 11/4 and let her know that he now has a regular booth at the Mesa Marketplace (swap meet) and is willing to make some bee hotel blocks.
Anne also visited Dr. Nico Franz at the ASU Hasbrouck Insect Collection, which is part of the ASU Natural History Collections. The Insect Collection is one of nine world-class collections and contains thousands of bee specimens as well as other insects, which can be used to help identify bees we find in the wild. Curator Dr. Franz was very welcoming and would be happy for our group to visit, once our out-of-town members have returned. For more information on this amazing resource: https://sols.asu.edu/research/natural-history-collections
We are looking for volunteers to help host our booth, teach classes, lead workshops, etc. We’ve been invited to a Gold Canyon Food Truck Event, which we’ll plan to do, as well as home school teaching days at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Dec. 4, 5, 6, and 7. We will choose two of these dates to teach introductory bee identification and observation, and seed ball and/or bee bath construction.