Episode 1: What's The Buzz?

Posted May 1, 2015: This is our first episode, so please excuse us while we work out the kinks! We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback!

Intro to the Show

About Rachel

Purpose of the project

About the Research: Updates! Since we are just about to start the field season, we don't have much to update but we will be posting photos and updates on our blog, and you can follow us on Twitter!


  • Lauren Smith of Oregon State University
  • Skyler Burrows and Marirose Kuhlman of MPG Ranch in Montana


  • We will be attending the Seattle Town Hall event on June 17, 2015 where Eric Lee Mader of the Xerces Society will be speaking on pollinator conservation in urban communities. Tickets are just $5 and are available through the Seattle Town Hall website. More information can be found at the Facebook Event page, and the Seattle Town Hall website!

One Minute Pollinator of the Day: 

  • Syrphid flies or Hoverflies: Syrphids are flies (order Diptera) that often mimic bees and wasps. As adults, they are excellent pollinators, and can contribute highly to pollination. As larvae (babies), they are predatory against many types of pest insects, including aphids and moth larvae that eat vegetables and other crops. These little guys (and gals) are doing double duty in your garden or on your farm! Not all flies are irritating picnic menaces! 

Thank you

  This podcast is supported by a grant from the USDA.