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
  • Registration now closed. For late registration options please contact [email protected]

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 will 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.




Course fees are as follows:

Member Fee*: $309

Non-Member: $354

Bagged lunch option:  Catering by La Baguette – food portions are generous and delicious. Bagged lunch option includes a wrap, baked good like banana bread, and some fruit for $26 (2 lunches at $13 each).


* You can purchase and/or renew your annual CMI membership at the same time as you register. See here for membership details.

Registration now closed.  Contact Hailey at office@cmiae.org for late registration requests.

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.
  • Participants should bring a laptop or tablet, and notebook.

What is Included in the Course?

  • A printed course manual
  • Catered breaks

Where to stay?

We have set up a room-block at the Stoke Hotel with a special room rate of $89.99 + tax / night, includes continental breakfast, and new outdoor hot tub. Rooms held until June 3, 2019 after which they will be available on first come first serve basis. To receive this rate you must call the hotel directly at 1-877-837-5221 and state that you are with the “CMI group.” This hotel is located across on the west side of the highway but is still an easy walking distance to the college.  Ask them to direct you to the river-side path that will take you under the highway bridge.

If you are wanting to camp, we recommend the Lamplighter Campground which would only be about 10-15 mins walk from the college. This campground is well-maintained and has all the amenities. 250-837-3385.



The Columbia Mountains Institute would like to give a big THANK YOU to our event partner:

Okanagan College – Revelstoke Centre


  • Phone 250-837-9311
  • Fax 250-837-9311
  • Email

Mailing Address

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