JDCF was Live with our lead volunteer bumblebee surveyor for a program all about bumblebees, notably the rusty patched bee, a species in decline. We learned about basic bee anatomy, life cycle, and what we can do to provide season-long habitat for bees in our own backyards. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is conducting a backyard bee survey starting tomorrow using the app, iNaturalist. This is a great activity for kids! Information about the very user-friendly, citizen science project can be found here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/backyard-bumble-bee-count. For more information on bees, visit beespotter.org.
We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank for their sponsorship of our Facebook Live series.