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Dog sniffs out bumblebees to help with conservation in Summit County – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-07-17 06:40:27 –

Darwin’s “Bee Dog” is depicted near Houser Ridge on Saturday, July 10. (Provided by Jacqueline Staab)

Jacqueline Staab has found a way to combine the two passions of bees and dogs in a conservation research effort.

Starve’s dog Darwin was trained as a protective detection dog to search for bumblebees and their nests. Starve said he is the only protected dog in the country that specializes in bees. The work that Starve and Darwin do together is for a master’s degree in evolutionary ecology.

For the past four or five years, Starve has come to Summit County herself to study bees, and this is her first year with Darwin. The duo specializes in alpine bumblebees, making Summit County a fascinating research destination.

Darwin sniffs bumblebees on Mount Pennsylvania on July 9, 2021. (Provided by Jacqueline Staab)

“I couldn’t imagine a better place to work with Darwin,” Starve said. “Alpine bumblebees are also like canaries in coal mines for climate change …. Seeing how they react here helps predict future movements and changes. . “

Although her research season has just begun, Starve and Darwin are already investigating the area around Houser Pass and part of the White River National Forest.

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