This will be a short post, because I'm finishing up finals for the semester! Over the past few weeks, I've been traveling around Washington talking to researchers and visiting conferences (I attended the Northwest Scientific Association annual meeting at the beginning of April, and even though I didn't attend the Pacific Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America, I spoke with a lot of people who did) and interacting with other science-minded people about our work!
One of the things I've noticed about studying pollinators, is that if I'm talking to someone in a totally different field, they still get excited about my work. Perhaps it is my enthusiasm for the topic, or the positive light popular media has cast on bees, but I have yet to encounter someone who wasn't at least a little bit excited about the work I am doing. This might be different if I was studying spiders, snakes, or other "creepy crawlies." Even people who are afraid of insects and bees are still okay with the idea of pollinator conservation.
I've also enjoyed talking to pollinator researchers. I met with Mary Gardiner from Ohio State University last week, and we had an awesome conversation about urban pollinators and how important they can be. Don't worry, I recorded our talk and you will be able to hear it on the June episode of the podcast!