Rusty-patched bumblebeeThe endangered rusty-patched bumblebee (bombus affinis) was one of Ontario’s most common species. However, since the 1980’s it has suffered drastic declines of over 90%. In the last 10 years, only 3 individuals have been found in Canada – all at Ontario’s Pinery Provincial Park. We fear it may be going extinct.

We need your help! We are asking for volunteers to thoroughly search Pinery  Provincial Park over the summer to determine whether this species can still be found at its last known Canadian site. All you need is the ability to get to the park, take digital photographs of bumblebees at an assigned location on certain dates, and upload them to a website. Time commitment is flexible.

Volunteer sign up and training will be 12 -4 pm March 28, 2015 at Pinery Provincial Park. Please RSVP to bbwvolunteers@gmail.com by March 25, 2015. If you would like to volunteer but cannot attend the meeting, or if you would like more information, please send us an email.

Organized by Wildlife Preservation Canada (At-Risk Pollinator Program) in partnership with Ontario Parks and BumbleBeeWatch.org. Generously funded by: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the MNRF Species At-Risk Stewardship Fund.