ADV - Discover Native Bees with the Minnesota Bee Atlas
New London, MN 56273
The Minnesota Bee Atlas uses citizen science volunteers to create an open database of wild bee distribution across the state of Minnesota and we need your help! In this workshop held at the Interpretive Center at Sibley State Park, you will learn about the life cycle and ecology of native bees, basic bee identification, tips for photographing bees, and their required critical habitat needs. These skills will prepare you to contribute data to the Minnesota Bee Atlas. When complete, the Bee Atlas will use historical records, research from the Minnesota DNR and University of Minnesota, as well as current observations from participants across the state to create a searchable database of Minnesota bees. The information we gather on species distribution and diversity will be important to help us track if or how bee populations are changing and how those changes might affect land management decisions. Please dress to spend time both indoors and outside. If possible, bring a digital camera or smart phone/tablet.
The $20 registration fee includes lunch and all workshop materials. Participants will be responsible to purchase a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit, $7/day or $35/year, available at the entrance to the park.
Directions: From St. Cloud, take State Hwy 23 to New London, then State Hwy 9 west to County Rd. 40. Then go west on County Rd. 40. Go one mile north on 71 to park entrance.
The course cost is $20 and includes course manuals and supplies.
Meeting from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on:
- Friday, April 20, 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 Extension
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