Science and Conservation

Beecology: Using citizen science to save bees.

Dr. Robert Gegear is a bumblebee enthusiast who is passionate about determining strategies to help bumblebees thrive.  Dr. Gegear and his team of students, faculty and citizens from across the region digitally collect and submit ecological data on native pollinator species using smartphone and web apps.  This data is critical to studying how to help reduce threats to bees.

Monarch Conservation

Web links for learning about monarch butterflies.

XERCES - Fact Sheets on Pollinators

The XERCES Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.

 

Check out this folder containing a few of their excellent handouts.  And find extensive information, plus their useful books on their website www.xerces.org.

Pesticides and Pollinators

If you are interested in the expansion of healthy gardens for pollinators, you must become aware of the effects that pesticides have on them.  

 

Here are just a few great references.

Solar Arrays

With all the large solar fields being installed to supply renewable energy to communities, businesses, and the electric grid - wouldn't it make a lot of sense to plant pollinator habitat beneath and beside these arrays of panels?

A lot of the best research and progress is happening in Minnesota.  

Bumblebee Identification

Here's a bee identification card to help you learn some of the species in our area.  

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