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Garden bees of Portland

Abstract

Gardens are known to contain a diverse and abundant community of bees, which suggests the value of gardens for bee conservation. To date, we do not have a species-level bee list for Oregon gardens. We thus sampled 24 Portland Metro area gardens for bees, in the summer of 2017-2018. Thus far, the 2017 bees have been identified to species. The 2018 samples are still being curated in the lab. The ecological characteristics of each bee species will be determined from an array of natural history resources, and the area of each garden allocated to turf/hardscape/flower beds has been estimated, to glean insights about the quality of habitat offered by Portland area gardens. We will sample gardens once more in 2019, and will perform more detailed analyses of within-garden and landscape level characteristics.

Subjects

Wildlife biology, Conservation biology

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Garden bees of Portland

Gardens are known to contain a diverse and abundant community of bees, which suggests the value of gardens for bee conservation. To date, we do not have a species-level bee list for Oregon gardens. We thus sampled 24 Portland Metro area gardens for bees, in the summer of 2017-2018. Thus far, the 2017 bees have been identified to species. The 2018 samples are still being curated in the lab. The ecological characteristics of each bee species will be determined from an array of natural history resources, and the area of each garden allocated to turf/hardscape/flower beds has been estimated, to glean insights about the quality of habitat offered by Portland area gardens. We will sample gardens once more in 2019, and will perform more detailed analyses of within-garden and landscape level characteristics.