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Service Rises to the 2011 Pollinator Challenge!

Many Refuges initiated bee-focused pollinator surveys in response to the Challenge and several reported on-going work. Pollinator surveys on public lands are an excellent opportunity to engage volunteers in our conservation efforts.
Insect trap made of a cup attached to a pvc pipe.  The cup is a few inches off the ground.  It contains an orange or pink liquid.
Insect trap on Elevation Gradient Study plot monitored by the Flagstaff Field Office , Arizona. Credit: USFWS
person pouring some kind of liquid into a small bowl that is sitting on the ground.
Preparing bee bowls at Kooteni National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
Photo of young woman holding a butterfly net.  She is in a large field surrounded by grasses and large yellow flowers.
Netting at Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
Two femaile students sorting samples.
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students sorting samples at Kooteni National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
Photo of two people packing  small samples of some sort.
Packing samples for identification at Kooteni National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
Non-bee pollinator field activities included participation in nationally sponsored butterfly surveys and banding and monitoring hummingbirds. Several Regions conducted surveys focused on at-risk, threatened, or endangered species including: Leona's little blue butterfly, Oregon and Myrtle's silverspot butterflies and running buffalo clover.
Photo of a Myrtle's silverspot butterfly feeding on a yellow flower.
The Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office organized a survey for Myrtle's silverspot butterfly at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.
Photo: Geoff Smick/USFWS
photo of two surveying carrying butterfly nets as they walk through a field.
Walking a butterfly transect at Chase Lake Waterfowl Production Area. Credit: USFWS
photo of a hummingbird in flight.
Several offices banded and monitored hummingbirds.
Photo: James Scott
photo of a hummingbird in flight.
Fritillary butterflies on yarrow at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: A. Lavender/USFWS
More than 200 educational events were reported during the Challenge period and creativity was abundant! In addition to all the work involved in staffing pollinator education booths at local festivals throughout the country, Regions reported art contests, lectures, dancing, crafts, safaris and Facebook and Twitter posts all about Pollinators!
Fish and Wildlife Staff share information during an earth day event.  Eight foot tall pollinator exhibit is standing behind them.
Celebrating Earth Day with a booth in Rawlins Park in Washington, DC. Credit: USFWS
Children and adults from the Burns Paiute Tribe hold up their pollinator crafts for all to see.
The Burns Paiute Tribe class crafted pollinators and planted pollinator flowers with Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: B. Garza/USFWS
A presenter is standing in front of a classroom of children.  Next to him is a poster showing the life stages of a butterfly and a map of the united states.
Visitors got acquainted with native butterflies and moths during "Pollinators Rock!" at McNary National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
Children surround the Southwest Regional Director, Benjamin Tuggle.  Mr Tuggle is on his knees talkign to them about pollinators.
The Southwest Regional Office combined Bring Your Child To Work Day with an Insect Rally on catching and identifying pollinators. Credit: USFWS


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