Intended Audience

Anyone with an interest in bees and a desire to help them in a hands-on way is encouraged to attend - no prior experience needed!


Saturday, May 13th
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
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This in-person workshop is free of charge. 



The North Carolina Zoo

Stedman Education Center at the
North America entrance

4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205


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Workshop Contact

Laurie Hamon (she/they)

Endangered Species Conservation Biologist
The Xerces Society



COVID-19 Policy

*The majority of this workshop will take place indoors. 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: Laurie Hamon / The Xerces Society 

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


Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas Training Workshop

The North Carolina Zoo 

4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205


Saturday, May 13th, 2023
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Please join us in a collaborative effort to track and conserve the bumble bees of the Southeast through this training

The workshop is limited to 50 people, so act quickly to reserve your spot!  

Bumble bees are charismatic and easily recognizable pollinators thanks to their large size, loud buzz, and distinctive color patterns. They play an incredibly important role in sustaining the health of our environment by pollinating flowers in natural and urban areas, and by contributing to successful harvests on farms. The southeastern US is home to about 20 different bumble bee species, at least 20% of which are undergoing population declines. Existing data suggests that many species of bumble bee face an uncertain future, but we often lack the data needed to implement effective conservation measures.

To tackle this gap in knowledge, the Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas is a large-scale community science effort aimed at gathering the data needed to track and conserve southeastern bumble bees. Community scientists spread out across one of our project states to survey for bumble bees and report back with whatever they find! Surveys can be run on your own or with a group of people. Survey methods are also catch-and-release, so no bees are harmed. All you will need to participate in the surveys is an insect net, some vials or jars, a decent camera (including cell phone cameras), internet access for data submission, and a way to get to your survey sites.

With your help, we can quickly cover large regions of the country, collect scientific-quality data, and contribute to bumble bee conservation. This project joins a growing nation-wide network of Bumble Bee Atlas projects managed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and partner organizations. This workshop will cover everything you need to participate in the Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas: how to catch and photograph bumble bees, submit your data, and identify your local bumblebees. We will also cover bumble bee ecology and conservation. Anyone with an interest in bees and a desire to help them in a hands-on way is encouraged to attend - no prior experience needed! 

We will cover bumble bee biology and project how-tos in a series of modules and hands-on activities:
Module 1: Bumble bee biology and project background (classroom)- 10 minute break
Module 2: How to participate in the Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas (classroom)- 10 minute break
Module 3: How to catch bumble bees (outdoors)
Module 4: Bumble Bee ID, and the photos we need to see! (classroom)


Laurie Hamon (she/they), Endangered Species Conservation Biologist,
he Xerces Society

Laurie is a conservation biologist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the lead project manager for the newly-launched Southeast Bumble Bee Atlas. She earned her PhD at North Carolina State University, where she conducted her thesis on the pollination ecology of Venus fly traps. She has conducted survey work for multiple rare insect species and investigated insect communities in urban pollinator gardens. Laurie was also co-coordinator on a community science project to monitor butterflies at a biological reserve in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


This workshop is supported by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Tenessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commision, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources