Intro: Hello and welcome to the whats the buzz podcast, a podcast about pollinators and the programs and policies that affect them. I am your host, Rachel Olsson, and today is July 19, 2016. I am recording from the Washington State University campus in Pullman, WA.
The buzz word: Ecosystem services
Buzz worthy news: The UN has begun to release summaries from their IPBES project. We are going to hear a bunch more about this in our interview segment, but importantly, the pollinators and pollination chapter was one of the first chapters to be put in place because they are super important!
Research Updates: I'm about halfway through the 2016 field season. Western WA has been somewhat variable in terms of weather, so things have been a little dicey, but in general, I am making lots of observations of non-bee floral visitors, and collecting plenty of bumble bees! I'll be using these bees to determine how landscape affects the bees' overall health, and how their health affects pollination.
Interview: IPBES with Anahi
Events: We have an event coming up on August 15th at Oxbow Farm in Carnation WA. We will be presenting a pollinator field day from 12-4pm. The field day will consist of a couple of short talks about research and monitoring pollinators, followed by some hands-on workshops on identifying pollinators, making field observations in your own farm or garden, and how pollinators can affect your growing space! If you have questions or would like to sign up, please follow @buzz_research on Twitter, as I'll be tweeting links once they are available.
Pollinator of the Day: Bombus vosnesenksii, or yellow faced bumble bee
These bumbles are present throughout the west coast of N America, from southern CA to British Columbia Canada. It is one of the most abundant species of bumble bees in the west and can be found in urban, suburban, and agricultural areas. They are my study species of bumble bees, and are downright adorable. They are generalist pollinators, and will feed on a variety of different types of pollen and nectar, but I commonly see them in CA poppy, on lavender, rosemary, phacelia, and dahlia. These are a few flowers you could plant in your garden if you want to attract these fuzzy little buddies! As a bonus, they are quite docile, and if they are cold (such as early in the morning), you can pretty easily pet them or give them a high-five. I wrote a whole blog article about tickling bumble bees if you want more information.