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Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID

Schedule and Location

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Bee Blitz on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Prairie Visitor Station

Fees and Registration

$10.00 member
$14.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee so you can participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie.

In this three-hour citizen science workshop, you will learn about the habitat needs and behaviors of the rusty patched bumblebee and why it has become an endangered species. You’ll learn to distinguish it from other bumblebees by defining its distinguishing characteristics.  Find out why bee surveys are an important part of the conservation effort and how they work. Then put your skills to work on June 22nd for the first bee survey conducted on the Schulenberg Prairie, a likely “hot spot” for the rusty patch.

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Brittany Buckles, entomologist, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Bike A Bee

Course Details

  • Notes: Held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Limit 18
  • Supplies: Bring a writing utensil and a notebook. Bring a smartphone if you have one.

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Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID