|Presented By||UNL's Bumble Boosters|
|Goal||Monitoring first emergences of spring bumble bee queens|
|Task||Photograph first sightings of bumble bee queens each spring|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
Queen Quest is a bumble bee queen phenology project. It is a joint effort between UNL’s Bumble Boosters team, University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad, and citizen scientists to track first instances of bumble bee queen sightings in the spring. Little is known about the long-term and cyclical effects of climate on bumble bee populations. A key project objective is to determine the relationship and long-term impacts of climate on bumble bees.
The scientific objectives of the Queen Quest program are to:
|How to Join||
1. Join iNaturalist at http://www.inaturalist.org/home. If you don't already have one, create an iNaturalist account with a username and password. Be sure to JOIN the QUEEN QUEST PROJECT page at http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/queen-quest.
|Special Skills||Ability to photograph bumble bee queens with a smart phone or camera.|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Ideal Frequency||Every few days|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a walk, run, On a hike|
|Tags||bumble bee, climate, phenology, queen quest|
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