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Undergraduate Clare Ols will be conducting an independent study to survey the bees using a method known as "bee bowl" collecting. We are largely going to follow the protocols of Sam Droege at the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring lab which has found that particular shades of yellow and blue are most attractive to bees. Today we started prepping and painting bee bowls.
Overall, we hope to learn a lot about what bees are coming to the Arboretum throughout the year, and how the abundance and diversity of the bees changes as habitat management starts to increase habitat diversity!