White Mountains Will Be Buzzing with First UNH Bee BioBlitz June 27-28

Bee BioBlitzers will document the diversity of bee species in the White Mountain National Forest.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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The goals of the Bee BioBlitz are to documentthe diversity of bee species in the White Mountain National Forest, with aparticular focus on native bees; connect bee researchers across New England; and demonstrate bee surveys and research techniques to interested members of the public;  and students. Credit: Robin Hess/UNH

New Hampshire bee counters will take to the White Mountain National Forest in mass for the first full-scale Bee BioBlitz organized by the University of New Hampshire. The event takes place June 27 and June 28, 2015, and is open to the public.

The UNH Bee BioBlitz is organized by Sandra Rehan, assistant professor of biological sciences and researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station. Rehan is conducting the research project “Sustainable Solutions to Problems Affecting Bee Health” that is assessing for the first time the Granite State’s bee species and funded by the experiment station.

The goals of the Bee BioBlitz are to document the diversity of bee species in the White Mountain National Forest, with a particular focus on native bees; connect bee researchers across New England; and demonstrate bee surveys and research techniques to interested members of the public and students. 

The White Mountain National Forest is a national forest made up of more than 800,000 acres. The Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch will be the home base for the Bee BioBlitz. Pinkham Notch is a mountain pass between the Presidential Range and the Wildcat Range, and two rivers drain into the notch -- the Ellis and Peabody rivers.

According to Rehan, Pinkham Notch allows Bee BioBlitzers to access to a variety of environments and elevations, including Northern hardwood forest, spruce and fir forest, Balsam fir forest, and the alpine zone. In addition to the variety of environments up Mount Washington, there also is a nearby bog ecosystem. Permits are required for collecting on public lands so attendees should contact Rehan if they are interested in collecting in particular areas.

Participants will collect bee specimens Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28. On Saturday from 8 to 9 p.m., Sam Droege, a biologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, will offer a public lecture on "Native bees, native plants: their conservation, place in the world, and beauty." The lecture will be held at the Joe Dodge Lodge.

Participants will identify the bee specimens collected on Sunday at the Joe Dodge Lodge conference room. Following the processing, labeled specimen will be distributed to museums and interested parties.

While the event is free, there are fees associated with lodging and meals. A group of rooms has been set aside at the Joe Dodge Lodge for those wanting to stay on location overnight. BioBlitzers should contact the lodge directly to book reservations. Other housing options include the Dolly Copp Campground, which has 176 primitive sites, or a variety of bed and breakfast or resort locations near Pinkham Notch. Breakfast and dinner are provided with housing at the Joe Dodge Lodge. Lunch can be purchased at the lodge for $10.95. Additionally, the Black Moose Deli has a la carte options.

Those interested in participating or needing additional information should contact Sandra Rehan at sandra.rehan@unh.edu.

Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at theUNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission. We steward federal and state funding, including support from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to provide unbiased and objective research concerning diverse aspects of sustainable agriculture and foods, aquaculture, forest management, and related wildlife, natural resources and rural community topics. We maintain the Woodman and Kingman agronomy and horticultural farms, the Macfarlane Greenhouses, the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, and the Organic Dairy Research Farm. Additional properties also provide forage, forests and woodlands in direct support to research, teaching, and outreach.

 

Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station