Help us learn more about the bumblebee species in our parks by participating in this survey.
Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystems, providing ecosystem services like pollinating native plants and food crops. There are 23 native bumblebee species in Minnesota. Some species are in decline due to the destruction of native habitat necessary for foraging and nesting. In order to conserve bumblebees and their habitat, we need to learn more about our local bees.
The Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey works to document long-term trends in bumblebee populations and monitor declining species in the Twin Cities area. Volunteers are always needed to help with this research. Join local bee experts this summer at Dakota County Parks for a fun and educational event.
Duties & responsibilities
- At the survey, you'll learn from bumblebee experts how to safely capture bees while they forage on flowers.
- You'll learn about different species of bumblebee as the experts ID, mark and release them.
- Ages 5 and older are welcome with an adult present.
- Must not be allergic to bees.
- Must be comfortable with working in an outside environment.
- Enthusiastic about pollinator conservation and/or the outdoors a plus.
All training is provided and conducted on site.
Numerous surveys will be conducted this year. Each are two hours long. Feel free to attend as many as you'd like.
Pre-registration is appreciated. Find dates, times and locations.