Weather, Natural Disasters, and Wildlife: Impacts on our Field Work

Field work is a wonderful chance to get outside and collect data. When researchers want to study the bees that visit plants, field work usually means being outside on a warm day, looking at flowers and counting bees. Could it be any easier? It turns out that many things can get in the way of [...]

*Research Published*: Identifying the Woody Plants That Attract Pollinators

After countless hours of capturing and identifying the bees that visit woody plants, Drs. Bernadette Mach and Daniel Potter have published their research! Using sweep nets to sample bees on woody plants in an urban area. A selection of the bees caught on one type of woody plant. Before starting their research, Drs. Mach and [...]

Native v. Non-Native Plant Sites Established

Native and non-native plants newly planted at a nursery in California. (Photo by Lea Corkidi.) In addition to our core plant sites comparing annual and herbaceous perennial ornamental plants [Xlink to previous postX], we established an additional site in California. This site was created to compare levels of pollinator attractiveness between native and non-native nursery [...]

First Field Season Complete

Our first summer of tracking the pollinators that visit ornamental plants is complete! Student researcher holding small vacuum used to collect pollinators off of annual flower plots at Michigan State University. (Photo by Erica Hotchkiss.) Throughout the summer, our research teams across five states made morning and afternoon visits to each of our plant sites. [...]

Core Plant Sites Established, Ready for First Season of Bee Visits

2016 Plots of annual flowers at Penn State University for pollinator attractiveness experiment. (Photo by Nick Sloff.) Our researchers are poised to start taking data on pollinator visits to ornamental plants. Across five states, our researchers established plant sites with a selection of annual and herbaceous perennial plants. All of the plants were selected from [...]