The Slopes to Summit BioBlitz and Wild Pollinator Count present a full day of pollinator insect activities at the Albury Botanic Gardens on Wednesday 18th November, from 10:30am and into the evening.
Join us as we explore the wonders of pollinating insects – including why they are so important; getting to know some different types including native bees, flies, wasps, beetles and butterflies; how to spot them and how you can contribute to our collective knowledge about them.
Guest speaker Dr Michael Batley, native bee enthusiast, Australian Museum
Video recordings have revealed some surprising behaviour by native bees, but once recognised we can easily see it with the naked eye. In fact, “It’s amazing what you can see if you know what to look for.” There are many differences between solitary native bees and European honey bees and you may be surprised to see which are the more efficient pollinators. Valuable contributions that everyday people are making to our knowledge of native bees through citizen science will also be discussed.
When & where: 6:45pm, Fellowes Centre, Albury Botanic Gardens
– enter via the western Smollett St gate to the Botanic Gardens for a 7pm start.
Chat and count
Sessions will include chats and displays about pollinator insects and we’ll be conducting some 10-minute counts, to see which pollinators are present in the Botanic Gardens.
Come along for a little while or a lot!
An opportunity to improve your insect recognition so you’re set to do your own count at your place, too.
Sessions will start at the Rotunda (near the Wodonga Place entrance gates).
Find us after that wandering in the gardens!
- 10:30am – 11:30am – butterflies in particular like this time of day
- 2:30pm – 3:30pm – many pollinating insects are active at this time of day
- 4:30pm – 5:30pm – let’s see which insects prefer late afternoon
Bring: outdoor attire, water bottle, sun protection.
Optional: camera, questions or photos of insects in your garden.
Would be appreciated, but is not essential.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen on 0428 629 099.
These events are supported by the Slopes to Summit Partnership, Great Eastern Ranges Initiative and the NSW Environmental Trust.