Byron Forest Preserve Nature Program

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 2:00 pm until Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 4:00 pm
815 234-8535 extension 200
Byron Forest Preserve Nature Program

February 23

Byron Forest Preserve Nature Program
The Search for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
Feb 23rd  l  2 pm

Sunday Feb 23rd at 2 pm Isaac Stewart, Instructor of Biology at Black Hawk College, will discuss how the work of a dedicated group of researchers put the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species List in January 2017. This was the first bee species from the continental United States that had ever been added to the list. He will explore how it was shown that the rusty patched bumble bee abundance has declined 96% in the last 20 years and the implications for pollinator diversity in the future.

Domestic honey bees have dominated the news regarding the pollinator crisis, but native bees remain vital to Illinois’ ecosystems and agriculture. As pollinators, rusty patched bumble bees contribute to our food security and the healthy functioning of our ecosystems. Bumble bees are keystone species in most ecosystems that are necessary not only for native wildflowers reproduction, but also for creating seeds and fruit that feed wildlife. They are often better agricultural pollinators for certain crops than domestic honey bees.
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