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Old 01-22-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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Bumble Bee Watch

What is Bumble Bee Watch?

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This citizen science project allows for individuals to:

Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection;
Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts;
Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees;
Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees;
Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and
Connect with other citizen scientists.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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Must work something like that lost lady bug project I had participated in a few years back...Lost Ladybug Project
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:05 AM   #3
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Default Tri-colored Bumblebee (bombus ternarius)

Yes, it is like the ladybug project. I posted pictures of a tri-colored bumblebee that I saw last summer in the Poconos. What a happy little bee!
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Nice find Bridget1964! I think I'll sign up for Bumble Bee Watch and start submitting some photos. They have a helpful page on how to take good photos of bumble bees:
Tips for Photographing Bees | Bumble Bee Watch

I also learned that they are interested in older photos as long as you have an accurate date and location, so you don't have to wait until this spring to get started.
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Growing up, I only remember one type of bumblebee (whether that is because I only saw one type or was not skilled enough to recognize various species). It was not until I lived here on our two acres that I saw the tri-colored bumblebee for the first time. I'm thrilled to know it comes to our yard...I'm hoping to see more of them (and other species) in the coming years.
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Nice find Bridget1964! I think I'll sign up for Bumble Bee Watch and start submitting some photos. They have a helpful page on how to take good photos of bumble bees:
Tips for Photographing Bees | Bumble Bee Watch

I also learned that they are interested in older photos as long as you have an accurate date and location, so you don't have to wait until this spring to get started.

Yeah, I wasn't sure about my pics from last summer, but then I found out it was okay. I see these tricolored bumblebees in the same place where I bike every summer every August. They really liked the swamp St. Johnswort on which they were nectaring.

Dap, that is cool that you get them in your yard! I am going to pay closer attention to the bumbles this year so that I can continue to contribute to the project.
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Dap, that is cool that you get them in your yard! I am going to pay closer attention to the bumbles this year so that I can continue to contribute to the project.
It is cool...though not a daily occurrence...yet.

I will try to do the same...be more observant and contribute to the project--especially if I start seeing more species of them.
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Yes, it is like the ladybug project. I posted pictures of a tri-colored bumblebee that I saw last summer in the Poconos.
What a happy little bee!
That IS a real BEEuty! Not often, but we do see those every now and then around here. Oh how I long for Summer when I see such photos.
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