Bee Project at Lost Mound

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge is looking for volunteers to collect bees found at Lost Mound.   With so much interest in Honeybees here and in Europe and the existence of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, the scientific community wonders if the same problem is affecting native bees. To help identify if a problem exists, they must get baseline numbers of native bees present and compare those numbers over time.

The year 2012 was the first year of an ongoing study to do a baseline study of the Lost Mound Site and JDCF members helped by collecting samples. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge oversaw the project at Lost Mound providing the materials and training. The samples were then sent for identification to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pollinator Coordinator at Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Missouri. The results have been returned and they are impressive with 36 species within 15 different genus. The specimen collected are returned to the site and any unique bees found will be sent to the American Museum in DC.

Some native bees pollinate apples, cherries, squash, watermelon, blueberries, cranberries and tomatoes more effectively than do honey bees on a bee-per-bee basis. Many native bee species forage over a longer time period – earlier or later in the day – than honey bees. Native bees will often visit flowers in wet or cold conditions when honey bees remain in the hive.

For more information, contact info@nulljdcf.org

Upcoming Events

The Watershed Game – Training the Trainer Workshop

July 20 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Watershed Game is an interactive tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality. League of Women Voter members and Rotary Club members from Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, staff from conservation land trust organizations, Extension and Sea Grant educators, teachers and informal science educators, and community members from the surrounding […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) invite the public to a night sky viewing event. As part of the Perseid meteor shower that will be taking place, PSF planetary geologist, Dr. Paul Sipiera will be sharing his expertise in the area of meteorites beginning around 7:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., Diane Sipiera, Executive Director of […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night: Owls & Bats

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family. Participants will get to dissect an […] Read More

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Owl Prowl

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening owl-prowl hike at Casper Bluff.  This year, we will be joined by the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center who will bring along a few of their feathered friends for an educational program and meet and greet with live owls before we head out on the trails. There will be […] Read More

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