The autumn Wild Pollinator Count continues until Sunday 17th April, so there’s still time to join in or have another go!
Thanks to those who have already completed a count (or a few!) and submitted your results. You still have time to count until Sunday evening, and you have until next weekend to submit your observations via our website.
More than just bees … some pollinator insect images submitted during the count by Laurie M, Erica Siegel, Vivien Naimo and Karen Retra.
Some contributors to this season’s count have noted that there are fewer flowers in bloom and less pollinator insects than are usually seen in spring and summer. This is to be expected in autumn, as many insects decrease in numbers and some disappear altogether as the weather cools. Why don’t pollinators like cooler weather? Click here to read our blog post on this.
We’re enjoying some wonderful photos that are also being shared as part of the count. You can view some of them here and we’ll continue to add to them as they come in. Remember that you don’t have to take photos to participate in the count, but we’d love to see them if you do.
Have a great weekend and happy counting!
There are just over 2 weeks until the third National Wild Pollinator Count!
We have uploaded some new resources to the website to help you plan your count, including:
We also have lots of exciting events planned in the Albury area, thanks to support from the Slopes 2 Summit partnership:
If you aren’t in Albury, there may also be events on in your part of the country. If you would like us to advertise your event, please send us an email.
And don’t forget to add the #Ozpollinators hashtag when sharing photos and information on social media.
We’ve successfully proved that the Wild Pollinator Count is not a one hit wonder! Thank you to everyone who took part in the second count. The number of observations we collected was 59, almost double the number from the first count last spring. And our geographical range expanded dramatically too, with observations submitted from 25 locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Thank you for contributing to our inaugural wild pollinator count! We had a total of 33 responses from the Albury/Wodonga greater region for our little trial run, with a grand total of 391 insects observed on a wide array of flowers. Below, we’ve included a short summary of some of the observations you contributed. And thank you for the positive feedback. It’s wonderful to find out how much interest there is in wild pollinators and how many people are keen to enhance their identification skills. The exciting news is you can watch flowers again next year! Continue reading