This year I signed up to participate in the Oregon Bee Atlas, a project aimed at taking a full inventory of Oregon's native bee population. The project is sponsored by the Oregon Bee Project, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Oregon State University. They have put together training materials and hold workshops to show their volunteers how to properly catch, preserve, identify, and educate the public about the importance of Oregon's native bees.
I have attended 2 workshops so far, and have learned how to take field notes that will be used for proper labeling of the specimens that I collect, and proper pinning/gluing techniques. They showed me how to catch bees in a net, and jars. The next training will cover how to collect specimens in a dish of soapy water. As a bee enthusiast, this is right up my alley! The lead volunteers and organizers are generous with their help and expertise, and it is inspiring to work with people who dedicate so much of their time to help with this initiative! I've included some photos from my 2nd training, which was an official sampling event.
If you want to learn more about the Oregon Bee Project, and the Oregon Bee Atlas, check out these links: