Bumblebees are a native pollinator in the U.S., and vital to many crops such as tomatoes, squash and many varieties of flowers. Like many other pollinators across the nation, bumblebee populations appear to be in decline. To help get a better sense of how these fuzzy little guys are doing, there is a survey being conducted of populations of bumblebees in Minneapolis parks, like the Peace Garden in Lyndale Park and Long Lake Regional Park, among others. This is a comprehensive, multi-year project and requires a lot of manpower. Volunteers are asked to help participate in these surveys, as well help process data from previous years.
The survey consists of capturing bumblebees who are foraging on flowers, identifying them, counting them, and then sending them on their way. This survey is being organized by Elaine Evans, formerly of the Xerxes Society, and current candidate for Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Entomology department.
To learn more about the survey, bumblebees or to volunteer, check out the Befriending Bumblebees website. For more information about surveys, check out their Facebook page, Minnesota Bumblebee Survey
Our queen bee will be out there doing her part at tonight’s survey in the Peace Garden at Lake Harriet, getting to know some other Minnesota bumblebees!