Volunteers: Thanks for joining us! If you have not adopted a grid cell yet, please do so by following the instructions beneath the map. We encourage you to adopt a cell within one of the purple priority areas. Please note that the red patches on the map are currently known endangered rusty patched bumble bee zones. Green grid cells that are predominately covered by currently known endangered rusty patched bumble bee zones are not open to adoption by those not covered by a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. If your activities are covered by a USFWS permit and you are interested in adopting one of these cells, please adopt these grids. We will contact you to discuss special instructions.
Volunteers without a permit may adopt a purple grid cell that contains a red patch, but must conduct their surveys outside of the land covered rusty patched bumble bee zones. Collection in these areas requires special care, so volunteers adopting those grid cells must commit to attending a brief training session on Sunday, June 6 or Wednesday, June 9. Please see the Events page for more details.
Where we need your help: Our goal for 2021 is to conduct surveys in areas outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. These priority regions include biologically unique landscapes or ecoregions that are relatively under surveyed. Surveys in northern Minnesota are particlarly relevant for examining populations of the yellowbanded bumble bee, a species has experienced severe decline but can still be common in some areas.
Bright purple: High priority
Dark purple: Low priority
Green: Requires FWS permit to adopt grid
Red: Required FWS permit to handle bumble bees
Gray: Adopted in 2021, but still open to multiple surveyors. You will need to coordinate with other adopter. If you can, please try for a purple cell.