Welcome to the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas Blog!
September 10, 2015 at 6:17 pm by Beth Swartz
We are pleased to announce that in addition to a website and Facebook page, we now have a blog dedicated solely to the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas (MBBA) project! MBBA is a five-year (2015-2019) statewide survey of Maine’s bumble bee fauna coordinated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW) in partnership with the University of Maine at Orono and Farmington. Closely modeled after MDIFW’s highly successful Maine Butterfly Survey (2007–2015) and Maine Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey (1999-2005), MBBA engages volunteer citizen scientists from around the state to help survey and document the diversity, distribution, abundance and habitat use of bumble bee species in Maine.
The blog will serve as a place to communicate information and updates about survey results and the project’s progress to both volunteers and the general public. During MBBA’s first field season, over 100 volunteers were trained in the project’s survey and data collection protocols. This enthusiastic group of citizen scientists has been out in the field all summer collecting data on Maine’s bumble bees and will soon be sending their data back to MBBA – so stay tuned, we’re expecting some exciting results! We’ll also use the blog to share interesting news and information about the life history, ecology and conservation of bumble bees. We encourage you to participate and envision the MBBA blog as an opportunity for folks to share their bumble bee experiences as well!