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Count bumble bees in your backyard until August 2

July 23, 2020

The Backyard Bumble Bee Count is an iNatualist citizen science project that will help the organizations and agencies committed to conserving the endangered rusty patched bumble bee and all bumble bees. This count is open until August 2, 2020.

Anyone with an iNaturalist account can take part in this project to document bumble bee occurrence and abundance during peak times in the United States. Each sighting and count submitted during the Backyard Bumble Bee Count helps researchers learn more about how bumble bees are doing and how to protect them and the environment we share.

Go to the iNaturalist site to learn more about this project.

Here are some tools to help you with bumble bee identification:

  • Guide to MN bumble bees is a 2-page PDF to help you identify the bees you see.
  • The Interactive ID guide can help you identify bumble bee species in Minnesota.
  • Watch “Minnesota Bumble Bees” for an introduction to bumble bee ID.

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