Join Great River Greening along with Sarah Foltz Jordan, Pollinator Conservation Specialist from Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Elaine Evans of University of Minnesota Bee Lab for a bumble bee survey designed to monitor pollinator abundance, diversity, and foraging patterns – including searches for the rusty patch bumble bee and other rare Minnesota species. Part of a series, this ongoing monitoring project will help the Xerces Society and Great River Greening evaluate the tie-in between restoration practices and pollinator management. No experience is necessary–All training needed will be provided as a part of the event. Volunteers will also receive a bumble bee conservation training kit, including pocket ID guides, conservation guidelines, and more.
The survey will take place at Pilot Knob Hill in Mendota Heights. Known to Dakota people as Oheyawahi, “the hill much visited,” Pilot Knob is a place of distinctive historical, cultural, and environmental importance, a sacred site, and a landmark of Minnesota’s beginnings. Over the past eight years, Great River Greening has engaged hundreds of volunteers to reconstruct prairie and oak savanna from the old fields and former homes and business sites resulting in a 25-acre prairie in the heart of the Twin Cities, with dramatic views of the Minneapolis skyline and Minnesota and Mississippi River Valleys.
The event will be held weather-permitting. The rain date for the event is Saturday, July 25.
This project is made possible with support from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
This event is full.