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Maryland’s Native Bees: Where To Find Them, Why We Need Them
There are roughly 450 species of bees in Maryland. Their numbers and ranges are driven by their deep and often very specialized relationships with flowering plants. In this Earth Optimism webinar, biologist Sam Droege of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will decode some of the patterns to those relationships and how they shape where, when and how abundant bees are in the wild. He will share some of the latest discoveries about these critical pollinators, and offer suggestions for how you can support them in your backyard.


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Sam Droege
Wildlife Biologist @Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Sam Droege grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland, received an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and a master’s at the State University of New York–Syracuse. Most of his career has been spent at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, Cricket Crawl and FrogwatchUSA programs, and works on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs. Currently his team is running an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, developing tools and techniques manuals, and a bumblebee floral survey for citizens, along with online identification guides for North American bees at www.discoverlife.org. His team also produces public domain, high-resolution photographs of bees, insects and flowers @USGSBIML. (Photo by Wren Droege)