Bumble Bee Biodiversity, Ecology, and Identification

  • Start Date: June 17, 2019
  • End Date: June 18, 2019
  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • City: Revelstoke, BC
  • Venue: Okanagan College - 1401 1 St W, Revelstoke, BC, Rm 102
  • Instructor: Lincoln Best

Course Description

British Columbia has around 36 bumble bee species and identification to species can be challenging. This course will provide instruction on Bumble Bee (Bombus) taxonomy and identification and will be accomplished in a classroom setting through a combination of lectures, problem solving activities, and microscopy. The goal is to provide participants with the skills to conduct research, monitor, and assess these taxa.

Depending on student interests, additional topics to be discussed, such as sampling, data collection, and specimen preservation.


Our instructor

Lincoln Best is the lead taxonomist for the Oregon Bee Project and Atlas at Oregon State University, Corvallis in partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. He instructs the Oregon Bee School, a course in taxonomy, and many other short courses and field courses. He spends his winters at UCalgary where he is the pollinator taxonomist for the Ecologics Lab, generating biodiversity data for Landscape Ecology projects. Lincoln provides support to a large network of diverse clients in Canada and abroad.

Who should take this course?

Academics, students, government employees, NGO’s, and environmental professionals.



This course has been approved by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) as a for-credit course! Students will earn 10 continuing education credits with SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.



Preparation & what to bring

  • Participants should bring the Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide. Paul Williams et al. 2014. A basic review of this guide is useful but unnecessary. Extra copies of this book available for purchase at the course.
  • Participants should bring a laptop or tablet, and notebook.


Thank you to our host:

The Columbia Mountains Institute would like thank our event host:

Okanagan College – Revelstoke Centre


  • Phone 250-837-9311
  • Fax 250-837-9311
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Mailing Address

  • P.O. Box 2568
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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