Outings

September Bumble Bee Challenge!

The Bumble Bee Challenge is back! We took a month off from prizes in August, but for September we have a special prize from local ceramic artist Laurie Caffery. This month, the citizen scientist that submits the most locations for Bumble Bee observations will win a pair of handmade mu
Read More

Bumble Bee Blitz!!

All summer we’ve been searching and searching for the ever elusive Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and now is the time to really ramp up our efforts! Why, you ask? Well, as you may know, the defining characteristic  of Rusty Patched Bumble Bees is the brown patch that is apparent on its abdo
Read More

Trip Report: Sam’s Gap – August 6, 2018

Wild South staff and three dedicated citizen scientists arrived at the surprisingly crowded trailhead just off I-26 for the Appalachian Trail at 8:30. We were all eager to get onto the trail and search for the elusive Rusty Patched Bumble Bee at a site that is the pinnacle of pollinat
Read More

Trip Report: Beauty Spot Bald – July 26, 2018

Beauty Spot Bald, a gap along the Appalachian Trail on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, has an abundance of views, pollinators and, on July 26, volunteers searching for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. With 11 volunteers plus three US Fish and Wildlife Biologists, Beauty Spot Bald wa
Read More

Trip Report: Mt. Mitchell Bumble Bee Search – June 30, 2018

The Deep Gap Trail in Mount Mitchell State Park has it all, from breathtaking views to breathtaking altitude. Starting at the highest peak in the United States East of the Mississippi and winding its way up and down an assortment of ridges and gaps, this trail can be tough. Luckily, t
Read More