I’ve just begun my last year of fieldwork as a graduate student! This will be the 2nd or 3rd year of data collection for some studies, but my 5th year working in Yolo County examining the effects on-farm habitat enhancement that target native bee populations have in increasing crop pollination. But until the sunflower blooms in late June, I’ll be continuing to look at whether hedgerows increase the incidence of native bee nesting.
Tonight we set out emergence traps, which are designed to capture bees in their nests. We place them at dusk in order to ensure bees have returned to their nests. Sunset is, however, the best time of day in agricultural areas- the heat subsides and the sky fills with color. Sometimes research can be quite lovely.