Thanks to everyone who has joined in the November 2015 count so far. We’ve crossed the continent since our last count – our first observations from Western Australia were submitted this time!
There are still a couple of days left to do a count (until Sunday November 22), and you are welcome to submit another observation even if you have already submitted one.
With the hot weather much of the country has been experiencing over the last couple of days, there’s more of a chance of seeing pollinators earlier in the morning and later in the evening. This suits us just fine, as it means we don’t have to be out in the hottest part of the day!
We’ve had a busy week here in Albury, with some great public events on thanks to the Slopes2 Summit partnership. We were delighted to meet native bee enthusiast Dr Michael Batley, who gave a public talk at the Albury Botanic Gardens on Wednesday night, sharing the wonderful antics of some of our native bees. On Thursday, he joined us at the Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre at Burrumbuttock, where we hosted some eager school groups. Wirraminna is a beautiful location, and it was the perfect spot to get the kids outside in nature, looking for insects on the diverse array of native flowers that were on show.
The highlight of the week has been the discovery that we have 3 different species of blue-banded bee in the Albury region, not just 1, as previous records show – you can read Karen’s blog about the excitement here. More inspiration to get out there looking for the little things we often miss!
It’s been particularly rewarding to see how fascinated people are to discover that bees aren’t our only native pollinators! The #ozpollinators hashtag has certainly been getting a workout on social media, and we’d love to see your pictures too. You can also share pictures & ID tips with the hashtag in between counts.
And don’t forget our photo competition – you have until November 27 to get your entries in, and we even have a prize for the best ‘near miss’ shot! You can find the entry form and conditions here.
We are also excited to announce a new resource, just in time for the count! This handy identification guide shows some of the most common pollinator insects you might see on your flowers. The guide illustrates common pollinator insects found in the south-west slopes of New South Wales/north-east Victoria regions, but you are likely to see many similar species across Australia. Thanks to the Slopes2Summit Partnership and NSW Environmental Trust for helping us develop this great resource.
We are excited to announce our new photo competition! Click through to find details here. There are lots of prize categories, including one for those frustrating ‘Near Misses’ we have all had.
UPDATE: The competition is open to anyone. However, some categories will only be open to people in the sponsorship area in the southern New South Wales S2S region (see event page for details). But we hope to make the national comp a permanent fixture for future counts!
If you don’t want to enter the competition, we would still love you to send us your photos so we can add them to our Photo Gallery.
New Eyes on Nature: Introduction to Environmental & Macro Photography Workshop
Interested in photographing natural environments and their extraordinary creatures? Keen to improve your macro photography skills to help with insect identification?
As part of this year’s Slopes to Summit Bioblitz and Wild Pollinator Count events we’re hosting a practical macro photography workshop with fungi expert and nature photographer Alison Pouliot.
Whether you have a DSLR or a point-and-shoot camera, this introductory workshop can get you started with macro photography, and will also be of interest to those seeking to improve their existing macro photography skills. Continue reading “Macro photography workshop”→
The next Wild Pollinator Count is nearly here! You can count pollinators on your favourite flowers during the week of 15-22 November 2015.
This year, we’re also partnering with other regional organisations to provide face-to-face opportunities for people to learn more about pollinators in their local region and join in a pollinator count. Continue reading “Save the Date!”→