for Citizen Scientists
Copyright (c) Dave Barr 2011
ISBN Number: 978-0-9867475-1-9
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I became interested in pollinators through my experiences with beekeeping. Although trained as an entomologist (an insect biologist), I had never spent much time working with bees and my only direct involvement with similar insects was some research on the classification of army ants, co-authored with William H. Gotwald, Jr.
I quickly became impressed, like every beekeeper, with the tremendous energy displayed by domestic honey bees in gathering nectar and pollen. I observed wildflowers in the vicinity of some hives I was helping to manage and found them swarming with honey bees as well as other native pollinators. In areas with no beehives, of course, only native pollinator species appeared.
Like all beekeepers, I believed that introducing honey bees as pollinators was unquestionably a good thing for the environment.