Intended Audience

This workshop is provided for PNW Bumble Bee Atlas Volunteers who have attended a virtual training and want hands-on experience.


Saturday, June 4, 2022
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
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This in-person workshop is free of charge. 

The Zoom webinar taking place before this workshop is also free, and strongly recommended.  More information about the webinar is available, here.


Urban Bay Natural Area

3501 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98105

*Driving directions and parking will be sent closer to the date.

Driving Directions

Afternoon Field Location TBD 

Workshop Contact

Julie K. Combs, PhD (she/her)

Pollinator Species Lead

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

206-888-7256 (cell)


COVID-19 Policy

We recognize that every activity which involves proximity to another person entails risk of contracting the coronavirus.  This workshop will take place outdoors where physical distancing is possible most of the time.  In addition to distancing, participants are encouraged to wear a mask, and disposable masks & hand sanitizer will be provided.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Photo Credits

Banner photo: Morrison's bumble bee foraging in Central Oregon. Photo by Rich Hatfield / The Xerces Society 

Side bar photo: Bombus occidentalis
Rich Hatfield / The Xerces Society



Urban Bay Natural Area

3501 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98105


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

Please join us in a collaborative effort to track and conserve the bumble bees of the Pacific Northwest through this hands-on training in the field.

The workshop is limited to 20 people, so act quickly to reserve your spot!  



As a companion to our training webinar, Julie Combs (WDFW) is inviting nearby residents to join her in the field to learn the basics of conducting a survey. Participants will get hands-on experience with the entire protocol, including capture, chilling, photographing, and data recording/entry. The entire workshop will be outdoors and will be limited to 20 individuals. Please only sign up for the workshop if you are certain you are going to attend to make sure there is space for those that are able.  

The workshop will take place from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (PT) at The Urban Bay Natural Area in Seattle, WA.

To reserve your spot for the field workshop, register here: 


The webinar will also take place on Saturday, June 04, 2022, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (PT), (right before the field portion).  The webinar will prepare community scientists and agency biologists to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Project. Building on the success and information gathered since 2018, the second phase of this project is focused toward learning more about the rare species in our region: the western bumble bee, Morrison's bumble bee, the Suckely cuckoo bumble bee and Franklin's bumble bee. We also continue to emphasize the importance of long-term monitoring throughout the region. As such, this workshop is for our most seasoned veterans as well as newcomers to this community science project. 

Attending the webinar before the field workshop is strongly recommended!

For more information about the webinar and to register, visit this link:  


We will be outside for the entire program.  Please bring the supplies you'll need to be in the field for three hours: sunscreen, hat, water, sturdy walking shoes, etc.  Additionally, while we will have some supplies on hand to loan you, if you have them please bring:

  • An insect net
  • Vials or jars to place captured bees
  • A camera or smartphone to practice taking photographs
  • A hand lens
  • A bumble bee ID guide
  • A pencil/pen and a clipboard


Dr. Julie Combs, Pollinator Species Lead, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Julie recently joined the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to lead assessment and conservation efforts for Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Washington State, including bumble bees, butterflies, and moths. Julie brings over 20 years’ experience in plant-insect ecology, conservation, ecological restoration, and botany.  Prior to joining WDFW, Julie served as Senior Conservation Scientist at Cascadia Conservation LLC, directed a regional Citizen Science Invasive Plant Program and taught several courses (e.g., Ecology and Biology) at the University of Washington. Julie completed her B.S. degree in Environmental Biology and Policy Management, at UC Davis and completed her M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Ecology and Conservation from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has conducted research on pollinators in the Pacific Northwest, South Africa and Chile. When not at work, Julie enjoys paddle-boarding on Lake Washington, listening to live music, and exploring the Pacific Northwest in her 1990 Westfalia VW Camper Van with her family.


This workshop is supported by the US Fish & Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program. 

The PNW Bumble Bee Atlas is a collaborative effort between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to track and conserve the bumble bees of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.