Nearly time for Spring 2019 Wild Pollinator Count

Our spring Wild Pollinator Count starts this Sunday November 10 and runs until the following Sunday 17 November.

Remember, your 10 minute count must be done during the count week, but the submission form will remain open the following week for you to get all your observations submitted. And you can do as many counts as you want during the count week!

We’re currently in the worst drought on record here in the New England region (and much of eastern Australia). The spring flowers in my garden are mostly dandelions. But there are still quite a few wild pollinators around if I look hard, including lots of beeflies, hylaeine bees, caper white butterflies, and some cute colletid bees I found roosting on our dying cherry tree. Fingers crossed for rain soon!

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If you’re new to Wild Pollinator Count, we are an independent non-profit citizen science project that runs twice a year, in autumn and spring. We are run by scientists and education experts and our aim is to raise awareness about native pollinators (not just bees) and insect conservation. Your observations contribute to long-term data on plant-pollinator interactions around Australia and we appreciate your participation. Most importantly, we hope you enjoy spending time with nature and learning more about the little animals that we overlook every day! If you’re curious about how Wild Pollinator Count started, you can read more here.

Check out How to Count and the Resources page for more information and identification resources, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions. If you’re sharing on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, our official social media hashtag is #OzPollinators!

Do you use iNaturalist? This is an excellent platform for documenting observations of any wild plant, animal or fungi you find, and I highly recommend using it if you’re an active naturalist or just want some identification help. We have started a Wild Pollinator Count project on iNaturalist for you to use year round (but you must have a photo to contribute). NOTE: this is not a replacement for our submission form – you still need to submit standard observations via our submission form to be counted in our official autumn and spring counts!

Next week is also Australian Pollinator Week. This program started in 2015 and runs every November. You can check out the Pollinator Week events happening in your location at their website. But if you can’t get to one of their events, don’t forget that Wild Pollinator Count can be done anywhere in Australia! We also run twice a year, so look out for the next count in April 2020.

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