Slopes2Summit organised its annual Bioblitz in partnership with the Wild Pollinator Count this year, and the results are streaming in. Wild Pollinator Count, a biannual citizen science initiative, has gone from 60 observations at the last count in Autumn 2015, to over 300 national counts submitted on the website so far.
The week-long Bioblitz on native pollinator insects included public events at the Albury Botanic Gardens, a schools day at Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre at Burrumbuttock and various Landcare and other community groups staging their own counts at locations across the Slopes2Summit area. At least 300 people attended events over the week.
The collaboration between citizen scientists and researchers has meant that there has been another Blue Banded Bee species added to the local fauna for Albury.
“There is so much we don’t know about our wild pollinators” says Karen Retra, one of the Wild Pollinator Count’s co-founders.
“If you have good quality photos of insects that you want identified, we encourage you to upload them to the “Wild Pollinator count’ project in the Bowerbird web tool. The experts can help identify them and positive species identifications will result in more records for the area on the Atlas of Living Australia.”
Organisers are asking that all count data is uploaded to the website as soon as possible and there is still time to enter our photo competition which closes on Friday 27th November. Prizes will be awarded across several categories, including the best “near miss”.
Results from the Wild Pollinator Count/S2S Bioblitz will be posted by the end of December.
The initiative is a joint collaboration of the Wild Pollinator Count and the Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER), with funding from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust. This is the biannual Wild Pollinator Count’s second year and the third S2S BioBlitz.
and www.greateasternranges.org.au/our-partners for more information about Slopes2Summit .
(photo: Our experts in Wild pollinators (from left) Dr. Michael Batley form the Australian Museum, Dr Manu Saunders from Charles Sturt University and Karen Retra, local native bee citizen scientist)
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