S2S BioBlitz and Wild Pollinator Count Schools Day, Albury area

Schools event, BurrumbuttockPlease note this event is for local schools, by invitation only.

Join us for a BioBlitz event with a focus on pollinator insects

Find out about the diversity of insects and their important roles in our ecosystems. Ecologists and entomologists will help students spot and count pollinators; as well as participate in checking traps to build up a picture of the numbers and range of species on the site.
We’ll be contributing to the national ‘Wild Pollinator Count’ citizen science project.

Who are the insect pollinators? It’s not just honey bees! Also native bees, flies, wasps, beetles, butterflies, ants … the list goes on.
Come along to find out more.

The sessions are aimed at grades 5/6 but are suitable for younger students as well.

Three sessions of 1.5 hours duration each at times across the day.

In the centre (30 minutes): introductions; about pollinating insects; tips for telling the difference between bees, flies, and wasps; how scientists study insects; about the Wild Pollinator Count.

In the garden (1 hour, we will break into smaller groups each with an insect expert/helper): spotting insects, recording sightings, making identification, checking traps, taking photos for later identification, how we can encourage pollinators in our gardens.

Bring: outdoor attire, water bottles, first aid kit including epi-pen, cameras (including ipad) if you have them. We will have cordial available. Please make your own arrangements for lunch on the day as the session times will be busy with activities.

When & Where:
Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre, Burrumbuttock
Thursday 19th November 2015

Supported by Slopes to Summit, the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, the NSW Government  Environmental Trust and Wild Pollinator Count

Aust Painted Lady butterfly

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