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Be a bee hero - Help scientists with citizen science

Be a bee hero - Help scientists with citizen science

By Jamie Martin

The Door County Land Trust offers exciting citizen science opportunities for people who care about bees! These projects contribute valuable data to scientists studying bee health and conservation.

Volunteer Krista Clarke-Brownstein initially thought bee monitoring might be boring, but she was pleasantly surprised. The Land Trust offers two projects - Budburst and the Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade.

Budburst focuses on the endangered Pitchers Dune Thistle and how climate change affects pollinators. Volunteers observe a flowering plant for 10 minutes, recording pollinator visits.

The Bumble Bee Brigade surveys bumble bees at Three Springs Nature Preserve. Training is provided, and volunteers document bee data and take photos for identification.

Bees are essential for a healthy ecosystem. They pollinate one-third of the food we eat! With declining bee populations, these projects are crucial.

Budburst runs Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve through July 17th. The Bumble Bee Brigade starts July 24th with training at 10:00 AM, followed by five-week surveys.

Become a Land Trust citizen scientist and join Clarke-Brownstein in making a difference! Citizen science is a fun and educational way to help bees, the environment, and the food supply we all rely on.

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