Intended Audience

This training is provided for PNW Bumble Bee Atlas volunteers that have attended a virtual workshop, and would like hands-on experience.


Saturday, June 04, 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.


Lacamas Prairie
Mill Plain, WA 

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

Afternoon Field Location TBD 

Registration Contact

Karina Contreras, The Xerces Society
(503) 232-6639, Ext. 0

Workshop Contact

Rich Hatfield, The Xerces Society
(503) 212-0540

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. 


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: 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



Lacamas Prairie
Mill Plain, Washington
Saturday, June 04, 2022
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 the webinar, Rich is inviting nearby residents to join him 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 Lacamas Prairie near Mill Plain, WA; these lands are managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Additional details will be sent to those that register as the date approaches. 

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


Rich Hatfield, Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist & Bumble Bee Conservation Lead, The Xerces Society 

Rich is a senior conservation biologist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and has been leading the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas since 2018. He has authored several publications on bumble bees, including a set of management guidelines entitled Conserving Bumble Bees. He serves as the Red List Authority for the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Bumble Bee Specialist Group and has taught bumble bee management and identification courses throughout the U.S. In addition to his work with bumble bees, Rich 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. When not at work, Rich is often off exploring the wonders of the Pacific Northwest with his family.


This workshop is supported by the US Fish & Wildlife Service's State Wildlife Grant Program.  Additional support provided by the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. 

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.