Male of Anthophora pacifica Cresson - Image - (C) Robin Coville

Sonoma Native Bee Count – 6th Annual

June 25, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sonoma Garden Park
19996 7th St E
Sonoma, CA 95476
Shelley Arrowsmith

Greetings bee people!  Summer is buzzing!

The Sixth Annual Native Bee Count will take place on Saturday, June 25.  Dr. Gordon Frankie and his bee team from UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab will be returning again to guide us through the citizen science of Native Bees.

This is your chance to volunteer to help us survey the bees in three sites at the Southern End of Sonoma Valley.

As volunteers, you will be trained to capture bees in their host environment in order to survey the numbers and types of bees present and then to compare those numbers each year.  In the morning briefing and as you survey each site, you will learn conservation of bees and other insects that visit flowers, why bees are important, statewide findings on the bee/flower relationship from Urban Bee Lab research all over the State of California and stewardship of bee gardens.

In this citizen science project we must follow the same protocols each year, which means we can take…  Only 10 Participants.

To join us, please preregister ASAP with Shelley Arrowsmith by email.

The event will take place at the Sonoma Garden Park and two other locations in the southern Sonoma Valley.  Further directions and information will be sent after you register.

There will be morning and afternoon snacks, but since everyone will be scattered during lunch you should plan to bring a light lunch.

For information about native bees go to the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab website at

We hope you can join us for the informative and fun activity.

Shelley Arrowsmith, Alana Coburn, Gordon Frankie and all the Urban Bee Lab staff at UC Berkeley.

Can’t make it this year? Get the book!

California Bees & Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists
Image: Male of Anthophora pacifica Cresson – Image – (C) Robin Coville

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