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

Fall Forest Walk

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries, and  nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk at Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will be led by expert staff and volunteers from […] 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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The Return of Large Predators to the Midwest

November 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Our keynote speaker will be Adrian Wydeven, nationally-renowned timber wolf expert, based at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, in Ashland, WI. For more than 50 years, there were NO sightings of wolves in Illinois, but with declining habitat north of us, wolves have again been sighted since 2002, more in Jo Daviess […] 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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