Augochlora pura, a green sweat bee. Photo by Sam Droege at USGS Bee Lab.
Earlier this summer I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of a podcast called BUZZFEED: WILD BEES MEET URBAN FARMING on the radio show It’s Hot in Here at WCBN-FM Ann Arbor. I was spontaneously asked to join the show by Maria-Carolina Simao, PhD Candidate in the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment with Rebecca Tonietto, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St. Louis University a mere hour before we were to start recording! I was initially nervous about not having any time to prepare ahead, but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I forgot my nerves and just enjoyed the conversation about wild bees. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to share my research and the incredible diversity of wild pollinators in our own backyards with the public.
In our hour-long conversation, we covered a wide breadth of topics including the diversity of native bees, their importance to pollination of crops, the mechanics of wild bee research, honey bee and native bee population declines due to spreading bee viruses, the role of wild bees in urban community gardens, and what you can do to help protect pollinators.
Follow the link to listen to the full podcast and learn more about wild bees in the city: BUZZFEED: WILD BEES MEET URBAN FARMING
P.S. Check out these truly incredible and detailed Native bee photos by Sam Droege from the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab! (including the featured photo above of Augochlora pura, a green sweat bee)