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Current Research & Community Science Schedule

Week of August 17-23

Welcome to the Research and Community Science bi-weekly schedule! We hope you’re enjoying the new calendar view to keep track of all the research and community science programs happening each week during the busy summer field season. From invertebrates to vertebrates, our repetoire of summer programming is sure to offer something for everyone. Whether you're a beginner or an expert scientist, we invite you to participate in our community science program offerings. We welcome volunteers of all ages and experience levels.

See you in the field! - Jennifer, Jessica, and Tim

Research and Community Science News:


Rusty patched RPOn August 14th, we received official word that a bumblebee we spotted and photographed on August 2nd was indeed the endangered Rusty-patched Bumblebee!! This is fantastic news and we are really excited to be able to document such a special bumble in our shared green spaces. 

Rusty-patched Bumblebees are a federally listed endangered species - a pretty big deal for an invertebrate. Once one of the most widespread bumblebee species in the Midwest, their population has dwindled to small fragmented populations throughout the area. This is particularly alarming because bumblebees are some of our most important pollinators and are responsible for pollinating more crops, wetlands and wildflowers than the well-loved honeybee. Stay tuned as we document just how large our population turns out to be.

Just an FYI that 2/3 of the research team will be in Iceland for the better part of the next couple weeks. We will have limited surveys until the first week of September, but will return to monarch tagging, bird banding, odonate surveys and more! Fall is filled with fantastic community science programs!!

*Photo: The lone photograph of the documented Rusty-patched Bumblebee in Riverside Park. 

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Early Morning Bird Walks (Washington Park)

Washington Park

Wednesday, August 22nd

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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ROOT - Washington Park

Washington Park

Wednesday, August 22nd

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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