Bees are incredibly diverse and provide important ecological services such as pollination. However, baseline information such as faunistic surveys and habitat associations are lacking for most bee species in Minnesota. The Minnesota Biological Survey initiated a statewide native bee survey in 2015 that has increased the statewide list to well over 450 bee species and improved our understanding of the distribution and conservation status of many species. Forest-specific bees and their life histories with respect to forest management will be highlighted along with the overall results of the bee survey.
Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative