Bee Workshop Information

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Saturday January 18 – 9:00am - 5:30pm

Basic morphology of bees, bee specimen preparation, identification of Apidae of California

- Lunch provided. Breakfast and dinner on your own

Sunday January 19  – 9:00am - 5:30pm
Identification of non-apid bees (Andrenidae, Colletidae, Halictidae, Megachilidae, Melittidae)
- Breakfast on your own. Lunch provided.

Monday January 20 – 9:00am - 12:00pm
Continue identification of native bees working individually or in small groups

- Breakfast and lunch on your own.

We are meeting for all three days in the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration classroom. The Cheadle Center is located on the UCSB campus under Harder Stadium at coordinates 34.419613, -119.854634

If you are driving, park in lot 38 on the UCSB campus. Parking costs $8 a day at UCSB and daily permits can be purchased by machine in the lot. Be sure to display the permit in a visible location on your windshield and park only in visitor spaces (not faculty/staff).

What to Bring:
Lunch is provided for days one and two. Please email with any dietary restrictions. Food will be vegetarian. 

Bring snacks and drinks you want! It is great fun to id insects and snack at the same time. We will need the brain fuel! There is a refrigerator on site that we can use.

Bring any bees you want to identify. We will also have plenty of extra bees here for you to practice on.

We will be using the keys from Michener, McGinley and Danforth. 1994. The Bee Genera of North and Central America. Smithsonian Institution Press. A pdf of the key is found here:

If you would like a printed copy, you will need to print prior to coming. Some people also prefer to use a laptop rather than printing the full key. There will be plenty of power outlets for you to plug in a laptop. Other materials for identification will be provided.

BBQ Details:
Group dinner and bbq at Katja Seltmann's house (921 West Campus Lane - 34.412039, -119.871488) starting at 5:30 on Sunday. Food and drinks will be provided, and again, please let me know of any dietary restrictions. It will also be vegetarian.

Fee and Payment:
The fee will go to cover instructor fees and the provided lunch. Funds for this workshop are also coming from small grants and donations to offset the remainder of the charges, including staff preparation time, space fees and supplies. Thank you for covering your own parking and housing. We are doing everything we can to make the course as affordable as possible so that anyone can learn to identify bees.

Payment must be made by check and checks need to be made out to:
UC Regents

Please note CCBER Bee Workshop on your check

Mailing address:
Katja Seltmann
Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
Harder South, Building 578
University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9615

Liability form:
All volunteer activities at UCSB require a signed liability form (Waiver_Liability_Individual_Elective-Voluntary-bee workshop.pdf). You are welcome to sign and resend by email, or send in with your check.
I think thats it, but please email with any questions and I look forward to seeing everyone for this workshop!