By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire is holding its first full-scale “Bee BioBlitz” for people to learn more bees in the White Mountain National Forest.

The goals of the event this coming weekend are to document the diversity of bee species in the forest, connect bee researchers and demonstrate bee surveys and research techniques.

The Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch will be the home base for the Bee BioBlitz. Pinkham Notch is a mountain pass between the Presidential Range and the Wildcat Range, and two rivers drain into the notch, the Ellis and Peabody.

Sandra Rehan, assistant professor of biological sciences and researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, said Pinkham Notch allows Bee BioBlitzers to access a variety of environments and elevations, including Northern hardwood forest, spruce and fir forest, Balsam fir forest, and the alpine zone.

In addition to collecting bees, participants can hear a lecture Saturday on native bees by Sam Droege, a biologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center at the lodge

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