Lebanon Hills Regional Park - 7.31 - 8.22: Bumblebee Survey Volunteer


General Description

Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystems. They are vital because they provide many ecosystem services, like pollinating native plants and food crops. There are 23 native bumble bee species in Minnesota. However, some species are in decline due to the destruction of native habitat, which is necessary for foraging and nesting. In order to conserve bumble bees and the habitat they depend on, we need to learn more about our local bees!

 

The Minnesota Bumblebee Survey has worked to document long-term trends in bumblebee populations and monitor declining species in the Twin Cities. During the survey, learn how to capture bees while they forage on flowers and help county staff identify species. This survey event will give us a better understanding of pollinator populations related to the types of plants in our area and give us useful data that will help us conserve bumblebee and other pollinator populations and the habitats they depend on. 

 

Location

Lebanon Hills Regional Park - Equestrian Trailhead

800 120th Street West

Eagan, MN 55123

(Map and Driving Directions)

 

Dates & Times - 2024 Survey Season

 

July 31

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

August 13

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

August 22

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Help collect information about our local bumblebee populations during the event. 
  • All training and supplies will be provided. 

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ages 5 and up are welcomed with an adult present
  • If you are allergic to bees or insect bites, please sit this one out
  • Must be comfortable with working in an outside environment  
  • If you would like to volunteer as a group (families not included), please contact our Volunteer Coordinator before registering. 

 

Minimum Time Commitment

1.5 - 2 hours per survey. There is no minimum for attendance, come to as many surveys as you want to. 

 

Activity Level

Moderate - To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces.  There may be a limited number of steps, a minimal amount of uneven surfaces, and some standing for extended periods of time. Comfortable shoes recommended.

 

Contact Information

Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Dakota County Communications

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 | Email: garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

         

Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule


Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Thursday, August 22, 2024 4:00 PM 6:00 PM