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

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Potluck & Program, “Pests to Protein: Insects & Our Food”

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Woodbine Bend Golf Course

Going back to the plagues of ancient times, insects have threatened our food.  In today’s gardens and fields, the state-of-the-art method of control is called Integrated Pest Management.  Which bugs are really a threat?  And when and how should we control them?  Our experts will tell you. …  And what about the food value of […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night – Owls & Bats

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belden School, GTA

Bring the family and explore the nocturnal lives of 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 also get […] Read More

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Public Presentation on Archaeological Findings at Wapello

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hanover Township Park District Building

Join Dr. Phil Millhouse and Tim Horsley, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University,  to learn about the results of the archaeological survey conducted at the addition to the Wapello Reserve in 2015.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.  Local artifact collections will be on hand as well.

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