Posted April 20, 2016 at 5:54 am by

Bum­ble­blitz: Four years of Bum­ble Bee Ecol­o­gy in the Pacif­ic Northwest

Bombus occidentalis or more commonly: Bumble Bee - Contributed photo

Bom­bus occi­den­tal­is or more com­mon­ly: Bum­ble Bee — Con­tributed photo

Bom­bus occi­den­tal­is used to be the most com­mon bum­ble bee species in the Pacif­ic North­west. By the mid-1990s it had become one of the rarest, inspir­ing a surge in bum­ble bee sur­veys in the region.

Recent stud­ies show the bum­ble bee’s pop­u­la­tion re-emerg­ing where it hadn’t been seen in the last 10 years. Good news, or a chance occurrence?

Dr. Chris Looney from the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture returns to San Juan Island to share the lat­est “buzz” in Bom­bus research.

Fri­day, April 29  from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the San Juan Island Pub­lic Library.

For more infor­ma­tion please con­tact Tan­ja Williamson at 360–378-4402 or email at:  tan­jaw [@] sjclandbank.org.

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