An ISU research project is tracking endangered bees across Iowa

Researchers with Iowa State have spent the past summer traveling the state looking for endangered bees. The rusty patched bumble bee was listed as endangered in 2012, and the American bumble bee has also seen its population dwindle in recent years. So ISU researchers scoured the state, checking 50 locations around Iowa looking for these important pollinators. The team is also looking at habitat and vegetation at the sites when they find these bees, to hopefully help wildlife managers better accommodate them.