Intended Audience

This training is provided for anyone who has a curiosity for bumble bees and flowers, and an interest in contributing to an important citizen science project to provide a better understanding of the status of native bumble bees in the Pacific Northwest.

Registration is $25* per person. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 100 people.

*Scholarships are available. No application necessary.

There will not be a zoo admission fee.

Lunch will not be provided; please plan to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you to the course.

Participants are asked to use the knowledge and skills provided by the training to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Project.


Sunday, May 26, 2019 
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST
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Oregon Zoo
4001 Southwest Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221

Driving Directions

Registration Contact

Lauren Richey, The Xerces Society
(503) 232-6639, Ext. 123

Workshop Contact

Rich Hatfield, The Xerces Society
(503) 232-6639, Ext. 115

Reasonable Accommodations

The Xerces Society provides reasonable accommodations for special events with adequate notice. To request accommodation for events, please contact

The Xerces Society is an equal-opportunity provider and employer.


Special thanks go to the Oregon Zoo for hosting the event and the Hoyt Arboretum for hosting the field session.

About the Xerces Society

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is a trusted source for science-based information and advice. We collaborate with people and institutions at all levels and our work to protect pollinators encompasses all landscapes. Our team draws together experts from the fields of habitat restoration, entomology, botany, and conservation biology with a single focus—protecting the life that sustains us. To learn more about our work, visit

Photo Credits

Banner photo: Bombus fervidus
Rich Hatfield / The Xerces Society

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


Oregon Zoo
Portland, Oregon
Sunday, May 26th, 2019
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST

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


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Learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas during this full-day training. In recent years, the story of vanishing bees has become a common theme in news reports and popular culture. In most cases, these reports have focused on the disappearance of honey bees, a non-native species introduced to North America from Europe. The larger, often underappreciated story is that while honey bees are a popular and important species, native bees are also suffering, and in some cases, their fates are far worse. This is particularly true of some of North America’s native bumble bees.

Idaho, Oregon and Washington are home to nearly 30 species of bumble bees, and several of them face an uncertain future. The western bumble bee has declined dramatically - especially in the western portion of its range, and other species including Morrison’s bumble bee and the Suckley cuckoo bumble bee are in decline. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, and the Xerces Society have collaborated to launch a citizen science project to collect data to better understand the status of our native bumble bees.

Please join this project and help collect critical information on Pacific Northwest bumble bees. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout our region. Your participation will allow us to quickly and efficiently cover all three states, collect scientific quality data, and contribute to the local, regional, and global understanding of bumble bee distributions.


The focus of the training will be to introduce participants to the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Project and familiarize participants with several aspects of bumble bee biology. In addition to basic life-history and ecology, participants will learn which species are most imperiled throughout the Pacific Northwest, the threats they face, and management techniques to help protect them. The bulk of the workshop will be dedicated to the identification of our native fauna, as well as learning different techniques for surveying and observing bumble bees, and how to submit observations to contribute data to this project.

The training will have several different components. The morning will be broken up into 4 different modules:

Module 1: Introduction to the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Project

Module 2: Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation

Module 3: Bumble Bee Identification

Module 4: Bumble Bee Survey Techniques and Observation Submission

The afternoon will include a field trip to nearby habitat where we will discuss bumble bee ID and survey techniques in more detail, while we sample the local area for foraging bumble bees. 


Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist, The Xerces Society 
Rich has a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University. His degree focused on the habitat requirements of bumble bees in the Sierra Nevada. He has authored several publications on bumble bees, including a recently published set of management guidelines entitled Conserving Bumble BeesHe is the Red List Authority for the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Bumble Bee Specialist Group, and recently completed an analysis of the status of all North American bumble bees. He has investigated native bee pollination in agricultural systems in the Central Valley of California, and studied endangered butterflies in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his work as a research biologist, he has extensive classroom teaching experience with a focus on conservation biology, ecology and sustainability.


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This short course is made possible thanks to the support of The Oregon Bee Project, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Portland Parks and Recreation, the Oregon Zoo, and the Hoyt Arboretum.



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 Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to track and conserve the bumble bees of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.