Amanda Bachmann

Amanda Bachmann

Pierre, SD


Published on Jul 31, 2014

July 30 observations

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Published on Jul 25, 2014

July 25 observations

There are so many insects at the garden, that it's hard to pick a favorite. The butterflies are definitely the charismatic minifauna (and get the majority of the attention), but the little bee fly ...

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Published on Jul 18, 2014

July 17 observations

I went out to the garden yesterday afternoon (~3 PM) and it was crazy how many butterflies and bees were out! We had a cool spring here, so it seemed like both the plants and insects were a little ...

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Published on Jul 11, 2014

Quick dispatch from the road

I was in Sioux Falls and Brookings this week for workshops. I talked to a group of educators about how to use the Backyard Biodiversity project in their classrooms and youth/school gardens. Part of...

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Published on Jul 03, 2014

July 2 observations

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Published on Jun 27, 2014

June 26 observations

The swamp milkweed is close to peak bloom, and the Asclepias tuberosa is getting underway nicely. We've had a lot of rain this spring/summer, so the garden is quite lush. Weeds are less of a proble...

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Published on Jun 11, 2014

First observations at Oahe

I visited the Prairie Butterfly garden yesterday and completed the first set of observations for the site. The penstemon was in full bloom and most of the insect activity I observed was on those bl...

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Published on May 21, 2014

Spring update

Hello!Spring finally arrived in South Dakota and things are moving along with this project. I ran three webinars (March, April and May) and Backyard Biodiversity articles have appeared in newspaper...

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Published on Mar 11, 2014

Thank you!

Thank you for being a part of this successful campaign!I'm writing this from the North Central ESA meeting in Des Moines where I'm presenting a poster on spotted wing drosophila (not a pollinator)....

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Published on Mar 04, 2014

3 days to go!

There are 3 days to go for this campaign! As I'm writing this update, snow is falling in Pierre. Again. At some point spring will come, flowers will bloom, and I'll be outside looking for pollinato...

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Published on Feb 28, 2014

Upcoming project webinars

For those of you who are in South Dakota, or who are interested in starting a similar project in your community, or who just want to see what I'm up to/learn about bees, I thought I'd post all of m...

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Published on Feb 27, 2014

Where the magic happens, if by 'magic' you mean insect ID

Shortly after I started my job, I was able to get this lovely microscope for my office. I can also attach my fancy work camera to the scope to take pictures of the various critters that cross my de...

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