Club News

January 17th, 2023 Meeting

Join us for our January AABA Meeting! It will be held Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 from 6:30-8:30 PM at Arlington Echo.

Our agenda will be changed this month to allow Mr. Droege some extra time.

6:30 open Q and A with President Susan Beury
7:00-8:30 How to identify Native Bees Sam Droege.

We are thrilled to host Maryland native Sam Droege.

Sam Droege grew up in Hyattsville, received an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and a Master’s at the StateSam Droege  University of New York – Syracuse. Most of his career has been spent at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird SurveySam Droge Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, Cricket Crawl, and FrogwatchUSA programs and worked on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs. Currently he is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, online identification guides for North American bees at, and with Jessica Zelt reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program.

As an aside, he is looking for volunteers interested in helping photoshop hi resolution photographs of insects…see and can be contacted at,. In November Phil Frank showed us this impressive system to get those highly detailed photographs.

How to Identify Native Bees

Maryland has roughly 450 species of native bees and about 65 bee genera. Identifying everything to species is something that very few scientists can do. However, there are bees that can be identified to group, genus, and even species using just your eyes or a pair of binoculars. So get ready to broaden your bee horizons with new information.

We saw from Phil Frank in November the care used by Sam Droege to document the various bees and our honey bees with his special camera system.

Now learn to identify our Maryland native bees!

Reminder: We are still looking for someone to shadow Kim Mehalick, current Program Coordinator, this year and then take over as Program Coordinator for the AABA club. If you are interested please speak to Susan Beury or Kim Mehalick.