The Hunt for Ohio’s Missing Bumblebees

Bee populations across America are facing survival threats, from loss of their habitat to disease and climate change. 

In March, the rusty-patched bumble bee, once a common species throughout much of Ohio, became the first bee in the continental United States listed as an endangered species. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service estimate their populations have declined by as much as 95 percent.

Because of this decline, a coalition of Ohio groups has formed the Ohio Bee Atlas. A project that will encourage and train citizen scientists to identify and share photos of bees they see in nature, statewide.

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Learn more about the Ohio Bee Atlas and start uploading your bumblebee photos.


Randy Mitchell, Ph.D., Biology Professor, University of Akron

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