2021 Events


Welcome Event and Kick-Off

Sunday, May 9 from 4:00-5:00pm (CST)

Join us for a live online event to celebrate the beginning of the MN Bumble Bee Atlas project! If you are new to the Bee Atlas program, want to learn more about MN bumble bees, or have questions about signing up, this is a great way to connect with researchers and experienced volunteers. RSVP here to submit questions before the event.


Midwest Bumble Bee Identification

Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:00 pm (CST) May 27, June 3, and June 10


This course is designed for anyone who wants to reliably identify bumble bees to species in the field, including conservation professionals, students performing research on bumble bees, and volunteers who want to take their identification skills to the next level. We will cover 24 common and uncommon bumble bee species including the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee.

Complete the online bumble bee identification training to meet the prerequisites.

Fees: $60 standard, $15 student. If course fees prohibit you from participating, please contact Elaine at evan0155@umn.edu. Also please advice of any different abilities, so we can make sure all class materials are accessible.

Register here


MN Bumble Bee Atlas Volunteer Q&A

Sunday, June 6 from 4:00-5:00pm (CST)

We will host a live online event to prepare volunteers for the 2021 MN Bumble Bee Atlas data collection season. Program leaders will review the survey process, demonstrate the steps to enter your data into the atlas, and answer questions. We will also give additional instruction on the special care needed to survey in grids that contain currently known endangered rusty patched bumble bee zones. Surveys will begin in mid-June, so this is a great way to make sure you are ready! RSVP here to submit questions before the event.


Training for Surveying in Grid Cells with Red Patches

Wednesday, June 9 from 7:00-7:30pm (CST)

If you have adopted a grid cell that contains a currently known endangered rusty patched bumble bee zones, surveying will require special care. Please plan to attend this live online training or attend the Volunteer Q&A on June 6. RSVP here to submit questions before the event.


July Volunteer Check-In (NEW TIME!)

Sunday, July 11 from 7:00-8:00pm (CST)

Volunteers can join us for a live Zoom meeting to ask questions about surveying, connect with other volunteers, and let us know how it's going!


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Ready to get started now? Head over to our Online Training Portal to watch the last year's recorded workshop and view the Training Packet.