SJAudubon: Tues 4/12 @ 7:00pm: "Bumble Bees of the Sierra Nevada"
TUESDAY, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
“Bumble Bees of the Sierra Nevada”
Helen Loffland has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from U.C. Davis, and an M.S. in Biology from C.S.U. Sacramento. She has spent the last 25 years studying Willow Flycatchers and other birds in meadows of the Sierra Nevada. She also has experience working with a wide variety of Sierran raptors, carnivores, plants, invertebrates and fish. As a meadows specialist at the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) her most recent work has focused on riparian bird and bumble bee response to land management activities.
Since 2015 Helen has worked towards building IBP’s pollinator program with research examining habitat selection, floral resource
use, and response to land management by Sierra Nevada bumble bees at study sites in Amador, Eldorado, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Siskiyou counties.
She recently wrapped up 5 years of work with bumble bees in post-fire landscapes and is currently focused on bumble bee response to meadow restoration projects in on the Eldorado and Tahoe National Forests and on private lands.
Helen will provide an overview of her work on bumble bees throughout the region and present research from a recently published papers on floral resource selection by bumble bees.
To read more about IBP's pollinator program and download papers and reports visit: https://www.birdpop.org/pages/sierraPollinators.php
Alan England, Stockton