The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Entomology Department has started a program to teach high school students how to use radio tracking technology to learn about queen bees.
The project is tentatively called "Bumble Boosters 2.0," a reboot of one that ran from 1999 to 2002. Doug Golick, an assistant professor in entomology at UNL, was a student during the original "Bumble Boosters." That original program simply had high school students collect bumblebees to track the different species in the area. Golick and his colleagues are now trying to attach radio tracking devices to bumblebee queens.
The goal is to see where they decide to start a nest and where they go between emergence and finding a nest.
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