When participating in the Atlas, you will be conducting a bumble bee survey and a habitat assessment at each of your sites. There are two bumble bee survey options, known as Point Surveys and Roadside Surveys, each of which are followed by a Habitat Assessment. We also accept Incidental Observations from those who would like to participate but don't have the capacity to conduct surveys.
Please Note: You are encouraged to utilize the many Missouri Department of Conservation areas for your surveys. These include natural areas such as prairies and glades or areas being restored with prairie mixes. You do not need a permit to conduct Atlas surveys in these areas, however you are encouraged to contact the area manager as a courtesy before you head out. This informs the manager why someone is chasing things through a field with a bug net and cooler! You can either contact the nearest regional office listed, or click on the appropriate county in the drop-down and contact the Wildlife Management Biologist or Resource Forester listed. These area managers have been provided information about the Atlas project. Please follow Atlas protocols and do not take captured bumble bees offsite.