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USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab (BIML) supports the inventory, monitoring, and natural history of the wild bees of the nation in collaboration with federal, state, academic, non-profit, citizen and international groups.

News

Date published: June 22, 2020

It’s Pollinator Week!

Pollinators in the form of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles provide vital but often invisible services, from supporting terrestrial wildlife and plant communities, to supporting healthy watersheds.

Date published: January 29, 2020

Patuxent Scientist interviewed by Daily Emerald

A hive of knowledge

Date published: January 23, 2017

How the Bees You Know are Killing the Bees You Don’t

Patuxent Scientist Sam Droege interviewed for "Inside Science" about how commercially managed bumblebees and honey bees may be contributing to wild pollinator decline. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2016

National protocol framework for the inventory and monitoring of bees

This national protocol framework is a standardized tool for the inventory and monitoring of the approximately 4,200 species of native and non-native bee species that may be found within the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). However, this protocol framework may also be used by other...

Droege, Sam; Engler, Joseph D.; Sellers, Elizabeth A.; Lee O'Brien
Droege, S, JD Engler, E Sellers and LE O’Brien. 2016. U.S. National Protocol Framework for the Inventory and Monitoring of Bees. Inventory and Monitoring, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Exotic plant infestation is associated with decreased modularity and increased numbers of connectors in mixed-grass prairie pollination networks

The majority of pollinating insects are generalists whose lifetimes overlap flowering periods of many potentially suitable plant species. Such generality is instrumental in allowing exotic plant species to invade pollination networks. The particulars of how existing networks change in response to an invasive plant over the course of its phenology...

Larson, Diane L.; Rabie, Paul A.; Droege, Sam; Larson, Jennifer L.; Haar, Milton
Larson, D. L., P. A. Rabie, S. Droege, J. L. Larson, and M. Haar. 2016. Exotic plant infestation is associated with decreased modularity and increased numbers of connectors in mixed-grass prairie pollination networks. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155068. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155068

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Year Published: 2015

Bees: An up-close look at pollinators around the world

While we eat, work, and sleep, bees are busy around the world. More than 20,000 species are in constant motion! They pollinate plants of all types and keep our natural world intact. In Bees, you'll find a new way to appreciate these tiny wonders. Sam Droege and Laurence Packer present more than 100 of the most eye-catching bees from around the...

Droege, Sam; Packer, Laurence
Droege, S., Packer, L., 2015, Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators around the World: Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, MN. p160