Local Pollinators

Pollinator Week

Day 5 - Sam Droege


Sam, here’s the scenario:
The people who know you best are gathered into a room together and asked to figure out what they agree are one of your “worst” and “best” features. What would they come up with?

“My people would definitely say that I never turn the Nature thing off. I am collecting bees and waltzing around inspecting plants, landscapes, and things just over the hill wherever I go: vacation, funerals, parties, thoroughly blending life and work together, though I have never really considered what I do "work". Of course, my current and past partners have been the one who have sadly suffered the most, but I am getting better at balancing “people time” and “Nature time”. Really.
My people would definitely say that because my work boots are always on, I can walk into the woods or crawl under a car at the drop of a hat. Always ready for whatever.”

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Fascinating, odd, a little “out there”, crazy smart, hilarious, passionate, dedicated - these are just a few descriptors for our good friend Sam Droege.

Sam has been spent much of his career at @usgsbiml developing numerous wildlife monitoring programs - one of which focuses specifically on identifying native bees!

Using hyper-precise macro photography, Sam and his team are able to document native pollinators with mind-blowing, beautiful detail. Each image is beyond spectacular, exactly the kind of thing you write home about!