Dave Barr is a biologist and urban beekeeper with an interest in pollination biology and environmental education. He became interested in the plight of pollinators through his work with honey bees.
Dave leads citizen scientist volunteers in a pollinator monitoring program at the Evergreen Brick Works. He has helped manage honey bee hives at the Evergreen Brick Works, the Royal York Hotel and Downsview Park. He carried out research and teaching at both the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto for over 30 years.
Dave has taken beekeeping courses at the University of Guelph and the Ontario Beekeepers Association. He is a member of the Toronto Beekeepers' Cooperative, the Toronto District Beekeepers' Association, and the Toronto Entomologist's Association. He earned a Ph.D. degree at Cornell University.
Pollinating insects are in crisis. Honey bees and native pollinator species are disappearing. The efforts of citizen scientists will be required to complement the work of professional biologists if we are to find solutions. This handbook provides an illustrated guide that citizen scientists can use to monitor the activities of pollinating insects and gather data of use to pollination biologists.