Last chance to count!

It’s wonderful to see how many people have jumped on board to count pollinators with us this spring. Thank you to everyone who’s already submitted a count. We hope you enjoyed discovering the forgotten pollinators in your backyard!

It’s the last weekend to contribute to the Spring 2018 Wild Pollinator Count. You can do a 10 minute count any time until Sunday evening. We will leave the submission form open until 25 November to give everyone enough time to get online and submit counts, but remember we can’t include any counts done after Sunday 18 November. We’ll post a summary of results on the blog by early December.

If you’re new to Wild Pollinator Count and want to keep up to date, join our e-news list via the link on the right of the page.

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Time to start counting!

Spring Wild Pollinator Count starts now: Sunday 11 November 2018!

You have until next Sunday the 18th to do a 10-minute count. Pick any day when the weather is warm and sunny and find a flower to watch. Click here for instructions on how to do your count.

And don’t forget to submit your observations via our online form to contribute to our long-term data on plant-pollinator interactions across Australia.

You can do as many counts as you want during the count week. We will leave the submission form open until November 25 to allow you time to upload your observations. Results will be posted here on the blog in early December.

Hope you enjoy the spring count and we’re looking forward to seeing your observations!

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Native halictid bee on a billy button flower head.

Springtime Count 2018

It’s almost time for our Spring 2018 Wild Pollinator Count! This year, the count will run 11-18 November. Connect with us on social media with the official hashtag #OzPollinators.

It’s really easy to join in, wherever you are in Australia – just pick a warm, sunny day during the official count week, find a flower to watch for 10 minutes, and then submit your observations via our online form. Just follow the instructions on the How to Count page. As usual, the form will stay open for one week after the 18th, to allow you time to get your observations in.

The sprinter weather here in Armidale hasn’t been ideal for pollinator spotting so far. But there have been plenty of fly pollinators active on all the early-spring flowering plants. I’m looking forward to seeing what insects are out and about visiting flowers in a few weeks.

Here are some handy tips for how to tell the difference between bees, flies and wasps visiting flowers. And don’t forget you can download our Pollinator Guide here, as well as plenty of other resources and answers to some FAQ.

Happy Spring Counting…And if you miss out this time, we’ll be counting again in April 2019!

If you’re new to Wild Pollinator Count, we are an independent project run by scientists focused on pollinator conservation in Australia – find out more about us here.

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Autumn 2018 Results

Thanks to Mark Hall (@linearecology) for collating the data and writing up the post for this count.

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Once more, the Wild Pollinator count was a big success thanks to all the participants who shared their observations with us. For the autumn 2018 count, we received a new autumn record of 329 submissions from 117 localities including every state and territory in Australia. It’s great to see the growing number of participants each year since the project started and what this means for the knowledge and enthusiasm for our important and diverse pollinators.

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Over 2500 insects were counted (which is again an increase from previous years – around 200 more than the last autumn count). As usual, we excluded ants from the data table, as it’s very difficult to know from observations whether ants are acting as nectar thieves rather than effective pollinators. Continue reading

Last chance to count!

This is the final weekend to contribute to the autumn 2018 Wild Pollinator Count. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted an observation. We’ve had nearly 200 observations already, from every state and territory!

Thanks also to everyone who submitted photos with their observations – you can check out some of the great snaps here. Remember, you don’t need to take a photo to submit an observation, and you can also share your photo with us on social media using the official Wild Pollinator Count hashtag #ozpollinators.

You can count right up until Sunday evening (15th April), and you will have plenty of time to submit the observation if you can’t get online immediately. The submission form will remain open until Sunday 22nd April.

Thanks again and we hope you enjoyed the autumn count!

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One week to go

We hope you’ve been out spotting wild pollinators in your local area over the summer!

The autumn count is fast approaching (one week to go!). So if you participated in the spring 2017 count, this is your chance to see what’s changed in your backyard.

The next count runs from 8-15 April 2018same rules apply, watch a flower for 10 minutes on a warm sunny day and tell us what you see via the form on our website.

Also have a look at some of our previous blog posts on how to make sure your garden is an attractive spot for pollinators, especially over winter (hopefully you don’t have to go to Queensland to find some).

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Last day to count

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted observations for the spring 2017 Wild Pollinator Count! We’ve had over 200 submissions so far, with plenty more rolling in.

Sunday November 19th is the last day to count. If you haven’t had a chance to count yet, hopefully the rest of the weekend is warm and sunny in your part of the country!

The observation form will remain open until November 25 to give you time to enter your counts. We will post the results here on the blog in early December.

Hope you found something interesting in your backyard during this count! You can join in again for the autumn count in April 2018.

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Only a few days to go!

The spring 2017 Wild Pollinator Count starts this Sunday 12 November and runs until the following Sunday 19 November. You can count pollinators anywhere in Australia, on any warm sunny during that week! Find more details on how to count here and some answers to common questions here.

We have plenty of resources to help you identify the insects you see (and remember, we don’t need to know species). Have a look at our printable brochure of common pollinators and our handy guide to distinguishing between different types of insects.

Once you’ve finished a count (you can do more than one!), please submit your observations via our online form. The form will stay open for submissions until 26 November, but we can’t accept any counts done after November 19. Results will be posted on the blog in early December.

And don’t forget you can share your photos and counting tips with us on social media using the official hashtag #ozpollinators.

Happy Counting!

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