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Online Course: Bees of the Northeast with Spencer Hardy

July 1 - August 31


Nature Now Online Courses with NBNC | Bees of the Northeast
Instructed by Spencer Hardy (Vermont Center for Ecostudies)
July – August | $60-75
(NBNC members/nonmembers)

With over 300 species in Vermont, bees are so much more than the source of honey. This course will introduce you to a mindblowing diversity of shapes, sizes, and life histories found in almost any habitat. While most species can only be identified by using a microscope, we will focus on the species and groups that are relatively distinctive to the naked eye. By the end of the course, participants should be able to identify most bees to the genus level, which is certainly not a common skill! Guided field challenges will be based on the flowers and bees currently active. With so little known about the distribution of some of these species, it’s definitely possible to find new state records right in your own backyard!

About the Instructor: Spencer began exploring Vermont as an avid young birder with a strange habit of memorizing field guides. About the time he had figured out gulls and fall warblers, Spencer started working as a field technician on the Vermont Bumblebee Atlas through the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. After 8 seasons of bird and bee field work around the country, Spencer is now the Project Coordinator for the VCE’s Wild Bee Survey, a natural (and challenging) extension of the Bumblebee Atlas. This job sends him all over the state in search of rare bees, with rainy days spent with a microscope trying to figure out what a “densely rugose mesopleura” or a “feebly emarginate labral process” look like.

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July 1
August 31
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602