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.
Members of the Native Sonoran Bees AZ working group met September 13 at the Gold Canyon Executive
Suites to finalize plans for the upcoming Farmers Market at Tractor Supply in Apache Junction. Tom
McDonald, Maddie Ostwald, and Anne Ellis were present.
Maddie reported on her experience at the Bee Course in Portal, AZ – overall an amazing experience with
about 30 people in attendance, including students and instructors. People come from all over the world
to attend, this year from as far away as Japan and Australia. Long days in the field, sometimes 14 hours,
were no problem as the materials and the work were so completely absorbing!
Tom then reported on his numerous action items:
1. Kehar “Ken” Singh at Singh Meadows: Ken is interested and more than willing to host us, so it’s
up to us to prepare a workshop for him to consider and hopefully approve.
2. Lacey Pacheco at Boyce Thompson Arboretum had several opportunities for outreach:
a. Adult education talks are welcome any time – so no need to be tied to any other organization’s calendar.
b. There are classes at BTA for homeschooled children and their parents. These classes can have up to 40 people, including the parents. Dates for these sessions include:
November 1, 2
December 4, 5, 6, 7 group agreed that this timeframe would be best.
We’ll need a blurb to describe the class (Sarah, can you help with this once we have the
c. Girl Scout Emma Quinlan will be at BTA on October 13 doing a workshop on “Bee Habitat.” Since Anne will be there as an Annual Plant Sale volunteer, she will try to connect with Emma to see if there is anything we can work on together.
3. Mike Hills of the Arizona Herb Association has a talk about bees. Tom agreed to contact Mike to
4. Tom is experimenting with “Bee Mud.” He has filled a large clay pot with sand and placed local clay from his property on top. The pot is watered twice daily. The question is whether any bees would use this in their nest-building activities. Nothing to report yet, but there are bees around, as Tom is finding them in his pool all the time.
5. Finally – the Farmers Market at Tractor Supply will be from 9-3 on Saturday, September 22. Set-up is at 7:00 am.
a. Smiling Dog Landscapes is sponsoring the printing for some handout materials, to include the U of A Cooperative Extension Bee Identification Guide (maybe we can get some copies free from the Extension in the future) and the Bee Quiz from the New York Times. To keep costs low, 50 copies were printed at OfficeMax instead of 100; the total cost was $46.67.
b. We will offer to display and/or hand out some literature from the Watershed Management group, as they had planned to be there but may not be able to attend. Anne will contact them to find out if they would like to do this. Update Sept. 14: Yes, WMG would like us to display their handouts, and will get them to us by Weds. Sept 19.
Anne briefly reported on action items as well:
1. Angelica Elliott at Desert Botanical Garden thought there might be several events already planned where we might fit in, including a “Dog Day” on November 17 and a workshop for special needs children and adults on March 8, 2019 (last year’s theme was “Pollinators” and this year it is “Planting and Seeds.”)
The Seed Ball activity should fit right in. Angelica connected us to Susan Rubin as well, so there will no doubt be other opportunities. Anne will explore this
2. Our group visit to the ASU Hasbrouck Insect Collection is scheduled for next Friday, September
21, at 1:30 pm. A carpool from the East Valley will be organized. So far we are expecting Tom, Anne, Zack, and possibly Sarah to attend. We’ll organize another visit later in the fall/winter timeframe to accommodate those who could not make this first date.
3. Anne is experimenting with bee block materials to develop simple models that will have cardboard and paper inserts for the holes, or will use giant cane reed that would be disposable. Bill McGuire was kind enough to send a large box of reeds in their “as-harvested” condition, as well as very detailed instructions on how to cut, clean and use them.
4. The iNaturalist Project is now set up, but will need some fine tuning. Maddie and Anne will work on this. The project is called “Native Sonoran Bees AZ,” and may be viewed at:
5. Because there will be many opportunities for outreach, training, presentations, workshops, etc.,
we’ll start a calendar, to be posted to the website.
Update: a static calendar has been posted as
a temporary placeholder until an interactive version can be embedded.
The website may be accessed at: https://sites.google.com/site/nativebeesaz/home.