Did you know that there are approximately 4000 species of bees in the United States, 800 species east of the Mississippi River, and 400 species in Maryland? Little is known about the populations of most of these species. In 2009, Gene Scarpulla conducted a yearlong survey of the bees on Hart-Miller Island to increase our knowledge of Maryland’s bees. Gene will give a brief overview of the history of Hart-Miller Island, describe his yearlong survey, and show the marvelous diversity of bee species that he found on the island.
This presentation is part of the Marshy Point Nature Center Speaker Series
7130 Marshy Point Road - Baltimore, Maryland 21220
Gene Scarpulla serves as the Journal and Newsletter Editor for the Maryland Entomological Society and is also an Associate at the Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (BIML-PWRC). In 2011, he retired after 30 years with the City of Baltimore’s Reservoir Natural Resources Section, his last eight years as the City’s Watershed Manager. In 1996, Gene began conducting weekly bird surveys on Hart-Miller Island. Then he added butterflies to the surveys, then dragonflies and damselflies, and then other insects. In 2008, Gene was approached by the head of BIML-PWRC to conduct bee surveys on Hart-Miller Island. He has been hooked on bees ever since and gives native bee talks/walks for the Natural History Society of Maryland and for the Maryland Ornithological Society.