ADV - Bumble Bee ID Level 2-St. Paul Campus
Saint Paul, MN 55108
A four week class focusing on bumble bee ID covering MN bumble bee species, led by bumble bee expert Dr. Elaine Evans, extension educator and founder of the Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey. We will use both specimens and photos to identify bumble bees to species. Specimens and microscopes will be provided during class. A quiz will take place during each class period. In addition to ID, we will cover and practice common survey techniques with live bees, including marking, and photographing using restraining devices.
Prerequisite: U of MN Bee Atlas or Xerces Society Bumble Bee ID workshop, or equivalent bumble bee ID experience. You should have basic bumble bee ID skills such as differentiating males and females, and recognizing common bumble bee species such as B. griseocollis, B. bimaculatus, and B. impatiens.
Successful completion of this class will qualify you be a Worker Bee for the Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey. Worker Bees are needed to assist Expert Survey Leaders (queen bees) at survey dates by marking and releasing bees and recording data. Additional training in ID will take place during surveys with the possibility of becoming an Expert Survey Leader.
Syllabus Week 1: B. impatiens. B. bimaculatus, B. griseocollis, B. auricomus, B. pensylvanicus, B. citrinus Protocol 1: MN Bumble Bee survey protocol, mark and release
Week 2: B. vagans, B. sandersoni, B. perplexus, B. fervidus, B. borealis, B. ternarius Protocol 2: UMN Bee Atlas survey protocol, restrained photos
Week3: B. rufocinctus, B. terricola, B. affinis, B. frigidus Protocol 3: Bumble Bee Watch protocol, photos on flowers
Week 4: B. variablis, B. bohemicus, B. insularis, B. flavidus, B. suckleyi Protocol 4: USFWS rusty-patched bumble bee protocols
The $100 course fee covers "Bumble Bees of North America" and other printed materials to aid identification and surveying
The course cost is $100 and includes course manuals and supplies.
Meeting from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on:
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018
- Wednesday, March 28, 2018
- Wednesday, April 4, 2018
- Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Britt Forsberg is the program coordinator for the Minnesota Native Bee Atlas, a citizen science program developed to create an open, comprehensive database of native bee species in Minnesota. She uses her experiences leading youth and adults in inquiry science and the outdoors to help guide students to the realization that anyone can be a scientist. Britt holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MEd in Family Education from the University of Minnesota.
University of MN Entomology Dept
Seats Taken: 15 of 15