This summer, I am working on developing a map for conservation initiatives. There are over 4,000 species of bees native to North America itself, and each U.S. state has its own catalog of species. The map(s) I am working on will show areas of priority, regarding what habitat to conserve, and there will be breakdowns by different factors— i.e. bee species, habitat type, county, etc. The map will be set within the Great Lakes Basin.
The project is one of items under projects in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an operation made up of over two thousand projects from a variety of federal agencies— all focused on the Great Lakes ecosystem.
I am working with personnel from other federal agencies, like the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and United States Geological Survey (USGS). For more information about the GLRI, you can check out its website.
Besides mapping items, I am also developing different materials on pollinators that will be used by Park visitors. Such items include identification guides, games, and citizen science-focused items.