Minnesota Bumble Bee Atlas
Minnesota Bumble Bee Atlas: Events

2022 Events


Midwest Bumble Bee Identification, Ecology, and Conservation

Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:00 pm (CST) May 5, May 12, May 19

This online 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.

Fees: $60 standard, $20 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 to sign up for the class and receive a link to the Zoom meetings


MN Bumble Bee Atlas Volunteer Welcome Event and Q&A

Sunday, May 15 from 9:00am - 11:00am (CST)

Join us for a live online event to get ready for this season 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.

Fee: free!

Register here to receive a link to the Zoom meeting


MN Bumble Bee Atlas Atlas Training at Gathering Partners Conference

Saturday, May 21 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm (CST)

The 2022 Gathering Partners Conference will take place May 20-22 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Gathering Partners is a conference for friends of Minnesota's Natural Resources. Elaine Evans will lead a session on Saturday afternoon. In this workshop, you'll learn everything you need to know to volunteer with the Minnesota Bumble Bee Atlas, including bumble bee natural history, beginning ID and research protocols.

Get more information and register for Gathering Partners


MN Bumble Bee Atlas Volunteer Training

Sunday, June 12 from 10:00am - 12:00pm (CST)

We will host an in-person training to prepare volunteers for the 2022 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!

Fee: free!

Register here to receive directions to the training.


Planting to Provide Food and Habitat for Native Bees

Sunday, July 17 from 11:00am - 12:30pm (CST)

Thea Evans will lead participants through the pollinator demonstration garden outside the Bee Laboratory. She will identify native pollinators and signs of nesting bee habitat, as well as dive into the details of maintaining a pollinator garden.

Fee: $30 ($55 to attend both workshops on July 17)

Register here for the workshop


Bumble Bee Identification In-person Workshop

Sunday, July 17 from 1:30pm - 3:30pm (CST)

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to identify bumble bees to species in the field. This course is for conservation professionals, students performing research on bumble bees, and volunteers who want to take their identification skills to the next level.

Fee: $30 ($55 to attend both workshops on July 17)

Register here for the workshop


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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.