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Bee Research (in Wisconsin)

August 14, 2018

Are you researching bumble bees at the University of Wisconsin or just curious about our summertime friends? The university has a great online guide for identifying wild bees. There are also some other fantastic resources about the history of bumble bees, what bee conservation entails, and ways of starting your own citizen science project.

  • If you are looking for a great way to contribute to an ongoing citizen science project, for sure head over to Bumble Bee Watch.
  • If you are wondering why all the buzz around studying pollinators in the first place, there is the Wisconsin Society for Conservation Biology’s Webpage.
  • For researching the history of beekeeping, look no further than what Steenbock library has for beekeeping journals, such as past issues of Gleanings in Bee Culture. Ask at the front desk if you can’t find them on the shelves.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Charles C. Miller Collection of beekeeping materials that dates back to the 1920s. Miller had a tremendous impact on apiology, which is the scientific study of honey bees. During his life, he wrote columns for beekeeping magazines and advised generations of beekeepers as a teacher. Following his death in 1920, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was awarded money to build and maintain a collection in his memory. Most of the collection is now housed on campus in Special Collections.

About the author: Hanz Olson is a 2nd year graduate student in the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He works as a reference assistant at Steenbock Library.
Photo credit: Hanz Olson.