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Spring 2020: Last chance to count

There’s still time! Spring Wild Pollinator Count finishes this Sunday 15 November.

The submission form will remain open until next weekend, to give you plenty of time to get your counts submitted. But we won’t be able to include any counts done after Sunday evening.

We will post a results summary here on the blog before the end of the year.

Hope you enjoyed taking 10 minutes with nature!

Photo: Merrilyn Smith

Time to count!

Spring 2020 Wild Pollinator Count starts Sunday 8th November. You have until Sunday 15th November to do a count. You can do as many 10 minute counts as you want, any time during the count week, from anywhere in Australia!

Find out How to Count here. Remember, each count must focus on one flowering plant. Find out more about the science behind our method on our FAQ page. You don’t need to take photos to submit a count, but you’re welcome to share them with us if you do – you can do this via email or via our iNaturalist project page.

If you’re new to identifying different types of flower visitors, check out our handy tips and online resources, incluidng our handy guide to some of the most common insect groups you will see (free to download!).

All counts must be submitted via our online form. The form will stay open after the end of the count week, to give you plenty of time to submit.

Hope you enjoy the spring, stay safe and happy counting!

Photo: Merrilyn Smith

Counting pollinators (and other exciting things) in Pollinator Week

Our Spring Wild Pollinator Count coincides with Australian Pollinator Week.

This year, the Pollinator Week team are promoting our count as their featured event – thank you Pollinator Week! If you can’t get enough pollinators, don’t forget to check out their events page for what’s happening near you, or even add your own event.

Picture: Emma Croker

It’s spring! Almost time to count wild pollinators

If you’ve been waiting for a reason to get outside and enjoy spring, Wild Pollinator Count is on again soon!

The Spring 2020 count runs from 8-15 November. Anyone, anywhere in Australia, can contribute to the dataset – it only takes 10 minutes outside on a warm sunny day. Follow the simple instructions to conduct a count and submit your observations via our easy online form. Find out more details on our FAQ page. If you want to know a little more about our history and objectives, see this blog post (note: the post was written in 2016 and some date-specific information is unreliable).

Autumn 2020 count results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our biggest count yet! A total of 1959 valid observations were submitted this count. Our previous record was 736 observations, in spring 2019, so this is a huge increase! The autumn 2020 count coincided with COVID-19 lockdowns around the country, so we hope you enjoyed the opportunity to take some time with nature in your backyard.

We were so overwhelmed with the number of records, it has taken us much longer than usual to summarise the data! The huge number of submissions also caused some technical issues for our website, so we apologise if you received delayed confirmation of your submissions. We are working to fix these potential issues for future counts. For those new to Wild Pollinator Count, we are an unfunded project run by two people (Manu & Karen) and we thank everyone for their patience as we work through the responses. We really appreciate the many contributions and positive feedback we get at every count!

So, what were the results? Continue reading “Autumn 2020 count results”

Thank you for contributing!

The autumn 2020 Wild Pollinator Count is now over. Thank you to everyone who has contributed this time, we hope you get as much out of watching insects on flowers as we do!

If you shared photos or links seeking help with identification please bear with us. We’re thrilled with the huge response to this round of the count and working hard to reply to those requests.

The submission form will stay open until next weekend (April 26), so you have plenty of time to submit your observations if you haven’t done so yet. We will post a results summary here on the blog in May.

See you at the spring count, 8-15 November 2020!

Hoverfly on Brachyscome by Vivien Naimo
Picture: Vivien Naimo

Last chance to count!

This weekend is your last chance to do a 10-minute count for our autumn Wild Pollinator Count!

The count ends the night of Sunday 19th April. If you haven’t done a count yet, find out how to contribute here. We won’t able to include observations done after this date, but the submission form will remain open until the 27th to give you plenty of time to submit your observations. We will post a results summary in May, once we’ve had a chance to collate all the data.

Hope you enjoyed contributing to our count this season! Our next count will be on again in spring, from 8-15 November 2020.

Leafcutter bee (Megachile sp.) by David Pope
Picture: David Pope

Wild Pollinator Count starts Sunday!

Autumn 2020 Wild Pollinator Count starts this Sunday 12 April and runs until the following Sunday 19 April. Take time out with nature for 10 minutes and get to know the insects in your backyard!

Find out how to contribute here. It just takes 10 minutes: find a flower to watch and record what you see. You can watch any flower you like, even weeds, and you can do as many counts as you want during the count week! Observations must be submitted via our online form.

We’ve got lots of tips to help you identify what you see on our resources page. You can share your pics with us via our iNaturalist page, or on social media with the #ozpollinators hashtag (observations must be submitted via our website to be included in the count data).

Happy counting! We understand some people won’t be able to contribute this time, as staying at home is priority right now. Our next count will be on in November. Stay safe and well and hope you enjoy getting to know the insects in your neighbourhood.

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One week until Autumn Wild Pollinator Count

It’s almost time for our next Wild Pollinator Count! The autumn 2020 count starts next Sunday 12 April and runs until the following Sunday 19 April.

If you’re new to the project, you can find out details on how to contribute here. It just takes 10 minutes: find a flower to watch and record what you see. You can do as many counts as you want, any time during that week, on fine weather days (most insect pollinators don’t like poor weather, especially high winds, heavy rain, or frosts). Observations must be submitted via our online form.

Read more about the project here, and also check out some Frequently Asked Questions and other resources to help you identify what sort of insects you see. You can share your pics with us via our iNaturalist page, or on social media with the #ozpollinators hashtag.

You can join in anywhere in Australia, if you have a backyard, a pot plant, or a balcony garden. You can even watch a dandelion in your footpath if that’s all you can find! We ask you to tell us the name of the plant, but you don’t need to know its scientific name.

We understand that some people won’t be able to join in this time, because your safety is a priority while we are all staying home. Please make sure to follow your state or territory’s COVID19 restrictions and don’t travel to parks or reserves to look for flowers. If you are unable to contribute this time, our next count will be on again in November, so please join us then.

Happy counting! Stay safe and well and hope you enjoy getting to know the insects in your neighbourhood.