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Citizen Science: Bumblebee Watch (To-Go Kit)
Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 30
Pick up kits at Northside Library
Register Here!

Bee a Citizen Scientist!  Did you know that Kenosha is home to the endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee?
This to-go kit has everything you need to become a part of Bumble Bee Watch.  Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumblebees. This community science project allows for individuals to:

  • Upload photos of bumblebees to start a virtual bumble bee collection;

  • Identify the bumblebees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts;

  • Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumblebees;

  • Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumblebees;

  • Learn about bumblebees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and

  • Connect with other community scientists.

The kit will also include pocket identifiers, seeds to grow pollinator-friendly plants, nature games, and more!  Kits will be available for pick up at the Northside library.
Citizen Science kits were funded by a grant from NNLM and the All of Us research project:

In the Making: Citizen Science Edition - Feeding the Bees Signs
Registration begins Tuesday, April 13, at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, April 20
9:00  AM - 5:00 PM
Virtual - Register Here!

We are taking our love of crafting, packing it up, and sending it home with you to create!

Feeding the Bees Sign- Let your neighbors know you’re not avoiding yard work, you’re feeding the bees! Create a buzz about bees and make a sign for your yard or garden to show your commitment to helping one of our favorite pollinators!

Our craft kits, along with some basic household items, will help you create a new piece of decor, self-care, or wearable item.  Every kit comes with written instructions and a link to follow a video from our craft friends at Creativebug.  To make an account with Creativebug, you simply need to sign up with your KPL library card here:   (Creating an account with Creativebug does NOT register you for a box.  Please use the registration form in link above.)

Citizen Science: Bring Back the Pollinators
Tuesday, April 20
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Virtual - Register Here!

Marcia Carsten, Volunteer Ambassador of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, gives an overview of how you can help bring back the pollinators with four simple principles.  Learn all about the volunteer Xerces Society which is open to all.

Citizen Science: Bees are a few of my favorite things!
Thursday, April 29
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Virtual - Register Here! 

Plants and pollinators make quite the pair! Join us for a stroll through the seasons to discuss native plants and some of their favorite pollinators: bees! Dr. Jessica Orlofske and graduate student Katie Loesl-Dunk of the University of Wisconsin - Parkside will describe a suite of native bees, the plants they use for forage throughout the growing season, and some strategies to attract and sustain bees in our own backyards!   

Citizen Science: Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (Part 1)
Friday, April 30
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Virtual - Register Here

Nan Calvert, a native plants expert, presents on the local Root-Pike WIN restoration projects including the Pollinator Patch Program, and how native habitats are a WIN-WIN!  Two additional live sessions will provide walking tours of local projects.

Citizen Science: Walking tour of the Pollinator Patch (Part 2)
Wednesday, May 5 (rain date May 12)
5:00 - 6:00 PM
In-Person - Register Here!

Meet at the UW Parkside Cross Country course on the corner of County Highway JR and State Highway 31.

Nan Calvert, of Root-PikeWIN, provides an educational walking tour of the Pollinator Patch Program located at UW Parkside.  Learn how this important piece of land will contribute habitat to the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee.

Citizen Science: Walking tour of the Pritchard Park Forest Restoration (Part 3)
Wednesday, July 7 (rain date July 14)
5:00 - 6:00 PM
In-Person - Register Here!

Meet at Pritchard Park, 2800 Ohio Street, Racine, WI

Learn how an urban forest restoration resulted in the recovery of a diverse mix of native vegetation important to early pollinators.



A Ghost In The Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee from Day's Edge Productions on Vimeo.

TAKE ACTION to save the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee:

Everyone has heard about bee declines, but with so much attention focused on domesticated honeybees, someone has to speak up for the 4,000 species of native bees in North America. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species – the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee – has become his ‘white whale.’

Traveling from state to state in search of the Rusty-patched, he meets the scientists and conservationists working tirelessly to preserve it. Clay’s journey finally brings him to Wisconsin, where he comes face to face with his fuzzy quarry and discovers an answer to the question that has been nagging him all along: why save a species?

A film by Day's Edge Productions, produced in partnership with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Endangered Species Chocolate. With music by Dan Warren, New West Studios, and Cloud Cult.

Wisconsin Bumblebee Brigade:


Endangered species Rusty Patched Bumble Bee: