Towards a U.S. national program for monitoring native bees

Biological Conservation
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Abstract

North America has more than 4000 bee species, yet we have little information on the health, distribution, and population trends of most of these species. In the United States, what information is available is distributed across multiple institutions, and efforts to track bee populations are largely uncoordinated on a national scale. An overarching framework for monitoring U.S. native bees could provide a system that is responsive to national needs, resources, and capacities. Five major action areas and priorities for structuring a coordinated effort include: (1) Defining the scope, aims, and cost of a national native bee monitoring program; (2) Improving the national capacity in bee taxonomy and systematics; (3) Gathering and cataloging data that are standardized, accessible, and sustainable; (4) Identifying survey methods and prioritizing taxa to monitor; and (5) Prioritizing geographic areas to be monitored. Here, we detail the needs, challenges, and opportunities associated with developing a multi-layered U.S. national plan for native bee monitoring.

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    Publication type Article
    Publication Subtype Journal Article
    Title Towards a U.S. national program for monitoring native bees
    Series title Biological Conservation
    DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108821
    Volume 252
    Year Published 2020
    Language English
    Publisher Elsevier
    Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
    Description 108821, 6 p.
    Country United States
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