Come join us to search for the rusty patched bumblebee!
Registration is now closed, as we already have over 20 participants.
This is a citizen science event designed to collect research-grade data on one of North America's most imperiled pollinators, the federally endangered rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis). Volunteers will be given a lesson in bumblebee identification from an expert bee taxonomist and then will be split up into groups to surveil the Nachusa landscape for the bees. Each group will have a team leader to aid with collection and identification. Last year researchers found ~20 occurrences of the rusty patched bumblebee at Nachusa Grasslands and we hope this event increases that number for 2021! As a thank you volunteers will receive one free Nachusa Grasslands rusty patched bumblebee shirt!
DATE: August 7, 2021
Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Center
2075 Lowden Road
Franklin Grove, IL 61031
TIME: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
CLOTHING: Long pants (not your best) and sturdy shoes. A light-weight long-sleeved shirt is optional.
BRING: Lunch & snacks, sunscreen, water
If you have any questions about the event please email Chan Dolan.
This citizen science event has been brought to you by the bee team: