Bee BioBlitz – A Centennial Celebration of Biodiversity in the National Park Service

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Date: September 16, 2016

Help discover the species of bees that inhibit Homestead National Monument of America by joining rangers during the Bee Bioblitz on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

To celebrate 100 years of stewardship, the National Park Service is planning a shared Nationwide quest to discover  and document biodiversity- the variety of living organisms in a place. You are invited to be part of the National Park Service Centennial celebration during this engaging event to discover the biodiversity within YOUR national parks.

This bioblitz will be an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the species of bees at Homestead National Monument of America. Groups of scientists, naturalists, and volunteers (that's you!) will be conducting this intensive field study.

 

Schedule of Events

- 10 a.m. Orientation for Bee Bioblitz- Education Center Multi-Purpose Room

-10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. collection and identification of bees

-1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Special games for kids (and the young at heart) and displays to learn about bees

-2 p.m. Presentation on Bees by Dr. Doug Golick from the University of Nebraska Lincoln

-4 p.m. 2016 Centennial Bee Bioblitz is complete!

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To record observations on October 2, Homestead National Monument of America is utilizing a smart phone app called iNaturalist. You can download this free application to your device before arriving to the monument, or while at the monument utilizing our free wireless internet.The iNaturalist application allows you to upload images of the species that you discover.Once uploaded you record the information that you know about your species, and other iNaturalist users will collaborate to identify and confirm the identification of the species that you capture.

"Pollinators like the native bees help bring us one out of three bites of food, this event will allow us to learn more about bees while helping the National Park Service celebrate its centennial ," said Superintendent Mark Engler,.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2016, the Centennial year of the National Park Service. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/.



Last updated: September 16, 2016

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