Squash bee project
UPDATE! TWO TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES!
- Come to our training session on July 20, 2017, 9.30-11.30AM @ the MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377!
- Come to our training session on July 21, 2017, 9.30-11.30AM @ the Holland Community Gardens, 665 136th Avenue, Holland, MI 49424!
- Register here for these events!
We will be there to help you learn bee identification on flowering squash plants and fill out the survey.
As part of a USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative funded grant on organic cucurbit (squash, melon, cucumber, gourds, etc.) management we are conducting a citizen science project to survey bees in cucurbit flowers. Our goal is to better understand cucurbit pollination, in particular we are interested in the role of squash bees and the impact of farm management practices on them.
Instructions for how to conduct the bee survey are included in the survey tools. We have developed 3 survey formats that are available for download at the links provided below. Please choose the survey format that best fits you! To fill out the survey, you can install an app on your smartphone or fill out the survey on your computer or print a paper copy. We also have links below to a recorded webinar that was presented to our Master Gardener Citizen Scientists about our project, bee identification guide, and information on how to use our surveys. Please visit the links below for more information.
- Webinar on squash bee survey, bee identification and using the smartphone app. Password: MG2017
- App install link for squash bee survey on smart phone: https://goo.gl/3j2LSz
- Web browser link for squash bee survey on computer: https://goo.gl/3AYGFS
- Print a paper copy: PDF version of squash bee survey
- Bookmark with QR codes
- Factsheet about squash bees and squash pollination