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On The Map: Scientists And Oregon Bumble Bees

Bumble bees, native to our region, can be a bit hard to find.  One species in particular, Franklin's bumble bee, may already be extinct. 

There's room for non-scientists to get involved in tracking and assisting bumble bees: the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas.  Citizen scientists get training before being turned loose to look for bees and record their sightings.  Rich Hatfield of the Xerces Society and Rogue Valley biologist Pepper Trail join us for a discussion of the Bumble Bee Atlas and some of the benefits it has already provided.  

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.