Bumble Bee Identification and Conservation Workshop

Thursday, May 30th from 9AM – 3PM

Morning: Meet at Resource Bank, 102 S. Indian Road, Shabbona, IL (Google Maps)
Afternoon: Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve, 4490 Preserve Road, Shabbona, IL (Google Maps)

Brittany Buckles, Entomologist, Bee Education and Outreach Coordinator at Bike a Bee
cassi saari, Ecological Consultant and Field Botanist at ecology + vision

Workshop Description:
Learn to identify the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee (RPBB) and other bees native to northern Illinois. In this all-day workshop, you will learn about the habitat needs and behaviors of the rusty patched bumble bee and why it has become an endangered species. Find out why bee surveys are an important part of the conservation effort, how they work, and how you can help.

  • Learn about the biology, life cycle, and habitat associations of bumble bees
  • Learn how to identify the RPBB and other bumble bees found in our region
  • Learn about the current status of and best management practices for RPBB
  • Get guidance on Endangered Species Act consultation
  • Contribute your sightings to community science apps like Beespotter and iNaturalist
  • Visit a nearby woodland to spot bees and spring wildflowers

A certificate of attendance for CEUs / PDHs is provided

Brittany Buckles specializes in pollinator conservation and education in the Chicagoland region. She has a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brittany has led many rusty patch bumble bee workshops and bee blitzes for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is looking forward to continuing her mission in 2019 as the Education and Outreach Coordinator of Bike a Bee. She is an experienced bee keeper and native bee expert who enjoys leading educational sessions and outreach events for diverse groups around Chicago.

cassi saari is an ecologist and field botanist with ecology + vision, llc where she leads natural areas assessments, conducts floristic inventories and tree surveys, and monitors habitat restoration projects. cassi is an ISA Certified Arborist and SER Certified Ecological Practitioner with ten years of experience in the conservation community. She is involved in a multitude of educational and community science efforts, including serving as the president of the Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society and a curator on iNaturalist.org.

How to Prepare:

  • Bring a water bottle
  • Bring a pen/pencil and notebook
  • Bring smartphone or other camera
  • Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for being outdoors in the spring
  • Please download the iNaturalist app before the class (available for Android and iOS devices)

Registration is closed.