Two great days in the Park!
May 19, 2016
Wild native bees (estimated 200 species) maintain unique coastal wildflower meadows at SJI National Historical Park. Which species, their numbers, and nesting areas remain very poorly understood. KWIAHT and the Park are co-sponsoring a BioBlitz 2016 project bringing Fourth Graders from nearby Lopez Island to San Juan Island for several days, up to their elbows and knees in wildflowers, watching and photographing native bees! Micro-camera traps will also be used by students to document bee species and the flowers they choose to pollinate. At least 20 students will participate, together with botanists and ecologists from KWIAHT and the Park, and their work will be featured in the BioBlitz wrap-up on May 21st! Lopez Island Elementary serves a small, largely agricultural island -- 30 square miles, population 2,200, relatively poor (half of all children qualify for subsidized school lunches) -- reached by ferry only. San Juan Island and the Park are hours distant by ferry and roads.