Wild Bee Monitoring, Identification, and Outreach in Organic Farming Systems Webinar

Organic Agriculture March 01, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

This eOrganic webinar took place on February 10, 2016.

About the Webinar

Monitoring is an essential component of wild bee conservation and restoration. In this webinar, we deliver basic wild bee identification and monitoring tools for organic farmers, and discuss how these tools can be implemented as part of the Organic Systems Plan (OSM). Furthermore, we will specifically address our outreach methods for wild bee monitoring and identification, the results of these efforts, and future directions for this program. This webinar will also feature a guest presenter, Rosy Smit, manager of the 5-acre organic garden of Camp Korey in Carnation, Washington. Smit, host of our 3 year WSU wild bee research program, will discuss how Camp Korey integrates bee conservation and education on their organic farm, and how our research program is helping to shape these efforts. This webinar is applicable to organic farmers and the general public who would like to start monitoring bees, and researchers interested in developing outreach programs.

About the Presenters

Elias Bloom is a PhD student in Entomology in the lab of Dr. David Crowder and Washington State University. His research focuses on the biology and ecology of native bee pollinators in diversified organic farming systems.

Rosy Smit has worked in many facets of the agriculture industry for the past two decades as a researcher, environmental farm planning advisor, public educator, consultant and farmer. She completed a B.Sc. in Agroecology as well as a M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of British Columbia, and currently manages the 5-acre organic garden at Camp Korey, a residential camp that empowers children and families living with serious medical conditions through year-round, life-changing experiences.

Rachel Olsson is an Entomology Ph.D. student studying bumblebee health and the behavioral interactions between various bee groups. Originally from Olympia, WA, Rachel graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2014 with dual BA/BS degrees focused on community food system development and plant protection sciences.

System Requirements

Please connect to the webinar 10 minutes in advance, as the webinar program will require you to download software. To test your connection in advance, go here. You can either listen via your computer speakers or call in by phone (toll call). Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar.  If you are running Mac OSU with Safari, please test your Java at http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp prior to joining the webinar, and if it isn't working, try Firefox or Chrome. Find more detailed system requirements here.

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This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.