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The Wild Things Conference Returns Saturday, February 25, 2023!

We’re thrilled to welcome you again to learn and share your expertise with our community. We’ve put together an exciting lineup workshops and sessions from regional and national experts, plus meet & greets, video content, exhibitors, and sponsors. With dozens presentations and discussion panels to choose from, the in-person program engages a diverse range of topics, research, and skills, and plenty of opportunities to meet with friends, old and new. Use the schedule below to help plan out your day at Wild Things 2023!

Thank you as well to our sponsors, scholarship supporters, and exhibitors who are all helping to make this another tremendously successful Wild Things. For additional information on the 2023 conference, visit wildthingscommunity.org.

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Saturday, February 25 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Beespotter Update: Bumblebee Sightings and Historical Comparison

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Beespotter (University of Illinois) data records the Bombus species throughout IL, IN, MO, OH. This data will be presented and compared with data from the Illinois History Survey Collection and several other historical data sets. With the Endangered Species listing of Bombus affinis and the concerning range
retraction of Bombus pensylvanicus, this is important information for land managers and concerned citizens. Identification tips for bumble bees and reporting techniques will also be presented.

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Terry Miesle

Amateur naturalist specializing in native bees.Reviews spottings for Beespotter, engages in public outreach, bioblitzes, tours etc.Dayjob: Master Flavorist and Food Scientist.
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Michael McKelvey

Web Developer, University of Illinois - BeeSpotter
I'm a web developer in the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our office has an outreach and public engagement mission, which often leads us to work with researchers and educators... Read More →

Saturday February 25, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm CST
Room 44