About Us

We are researchers and educators who are passionate about giving wild pollinators the attention they deserve!

We run this project on our own time, but are always keen to collaborate with other organisations to build pollinator awareness around Australia.

Dr Manu Saunders is an ecologist at University of New England. She researches ecosystem services (i.e. the benefits humans gain from nature) and wild pollinator communities. Follow @ManuSaunders on Twitter.

Karen Retra is a native bee naturalist, a hobby beekeeper (honey bees) and permaculture teacher. Follow @KarenRetra on Twitter.

Dr Tobias Smith is our Queensland co-ordinator. He is a community ecologist, specifically interested in native pollinators. He also keeps native stingless bee hives and manages a native bee education business, Bee Aware Brisbane. Follow @EcologyToby on Twitter.

See the keep in touch page for more ways you can share your pollinator experiences with us and others.

If you’d like to send us a note or get in touch, see the many ways to reach us here.

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  1. I keep finding dead bees on our deck. It was re- oiled a couple of months ago and wondering if there is something toxic to the poor bees. Not sure what to do about this.
    It saddens me to keep finding dead bees on the deck.

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    • Hi Lenore, Is there a flowering tree near the deck, e.g. a bottlebrush or eucalypt? If you are mostly finding honey bees, it is possible the bees are getting drunk on the nectar and dehydrating. This often happens under the right humidity/temperature conditions when bees are foraging on mass-flowering nectar-rich trees like eucs & bottlebrush.
      Hope this helps.
      Thanks,
      Manu

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      • Thank you for your reply. Yes there are flowering trees nearby. The eucalyptus globulus is in flower and other flowering trees, Should I check the deck each morning in case they are still alive before the heat of the day would finish them off? Canberra is cold but the deck is warm and sunny and they could be dehydrating.

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        • maybe they are just at the end of their life cycle. that makes me feel better than if I thought they had met with a misfortune of insecticide or something toxic on our deck.
          I heard on teh radio this morning that if all the bees died the humans would only be able to live on for about 7 years as no pollinators.Got to look after our bees.
          The bees are quite small but I think they may be European honey bees or maybe a native bee that is a look alike to the European honey bee. They did not have blue bands like the blue banded native.
          Thanks for your advice.

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