I am participating in #shutdownstem today. I will spend the day educating myself and beginning a plan to make BioBlitz! Oklahoma actively anti-racist. I want all citizen scientists to feel welcome and included at BioBlitz! Oklahoma! https://www.shutdownstem.com/
A couple weeks ago, I started seeing these bees curling up their abdomens and showing off the pollen collected on their fuzzy undersides. The picture doesn’t show it well, but the curling up of the abdomen is really conspicuous. Along with this curling up, I also observed, what appeared to be, aggressive behavior to others … More Bottoms Up!
Working from home and hearing the birds in my neighborhood this spring has me in better tune with the nesting and fledging cycle than when I am gone 8+ hours a day shut in an office building. This year, I was well aware of the cardinal nest in the overgrown rose bush near the front … More So many bird families!
Since I am working at home this spring and summer and not doing regular field work, I am taking the opportunity to learn a little more about my urban biodiversity. I am best at butterflies and birds right now, so keeping those lists are easy. Here are the species of butterflies that I have seen … More 13 Butterflies
Happy World Bee Day! Until a few years ago, I was unenlightened about bees, especially native bees. Like most people, I thought most bees were like European honey bees (Apis mellifera) – lived in hives, made tasty honey, died when they stung you, do a waggle dance to tell their friends where the good flowers … More Learning the bees