Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID Workshop and Bee Blitz


Learn to identify the endangered rusty patched bumblebee so you can participate in a bee blitz on Schulenberg Prairie.

In this three-hour citizen science workshop, you will learn about the habitat needs and behaviors of the rusty patched bumblebee and why it has become an endangered species. You’ll learn to distinguish it from other bumblebees by defining its distinguishing characteristics, and how to report rusty patched bumblebee observations. Find out why bee surveys are an important part of the conservation effort and how they work. Then put your skills to work on June 23rd for the first bee survey conducted on the Schulenberg Prairie, a likely “hot spot” for the rusty patched.

Instructor: Brittany Buckles, entomologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Notes: Held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Limit 18
Supplies: Bring a writing utensil and a notebook. Bring a smartphone if you have one. 

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Schedule and Location

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$10.00 member
$14.00 nonmember

Registration Information

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BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.