Monthly Archives: July 2015

Project Bumble Bee – You can help!

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.51.21 PMMinnesota Bumble Bee

Survey Dates: August 2015

Help track bumble bee population around the Twin Cities!

Since 2007, the Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey has worked to document long-term trends in bumble bee populations and monitor declining species in the Twin Cities Area. Volunteers are needed to help capture bumble bees while they forage on flowers.  These bees are identified by experts, marked, and released. Here is our current schedule for August of  2015. Except where noted, there is no need to register. Just show up! Before you head out for the survey, please check in with us on Facebook for the latest updates as surveys can be cancelled due to poor weather. Rain dates will only take place I still need to count more bees at that site.

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Pollinator Party! July 30 – all are welcome


Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.38.20 PMYou are invited to the 2015 Pollinator Party on Thursday, July 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Lyndale Park Gardens on the east side of Lake Harriet. The party will be near the Perennial Garden and the Phelps Fountain (also known as the Turtle Fountain). This event is free.

The Pollinator Party brings together bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, and live music. This annual event also provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the life and work of honey bees and native bees.

A few event highlights:

  • Learn about urban beekeeping
  • Sample Minnesota honey
  • Learn how to make your backyard bee-friendly
  • Kids can earn a cone of ice cream made with honey
  • Discover the wild bees of the park – help catch, identify, and release bees
  • And much more! More details at Pollinator Party webpage.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lyndale Park Gardens
Minneapolis, MN


Minneapolis Organics Recycling Program (you can still sign-up)

recycyling circleMinneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling customers in Lynnhurst who live in the first-phase rollout areascan still sign up to get their green carts this year, others should sign-up NOW for cart delivery in spring 2016.  The GREAT NEWS is that Lynnhurst leads in total new sign-ups (42% of eligible) across the city, after the handful of pilot program neighborhoods.  Way to go

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