(WABE) Atlanta gardeners say they’re seeing fewer butterflies and lightning bugs. But researchers don’t really know how their populations have changed here. They don’t know how most insects’ populations have changed. The state’s first-ever pollinator census, kicking off this week, could help start to get some answers. It’s a statewide citizen science project, a count of the bees and butterflies that land on flowers in yards, parks and at schools.
(CBC) Ann Puddicombe has no formal scientific training, but she has become one of the top three contributors to Bumble Bee Watch in Canada. In addition to providing observations of bees that are rare, Puddicombe has even identified a bee that hadn’t been seen in other parts of Ontario in a decade.
(Encyclopedia of Life) Observer cards from the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) are designed to develop the art and science of observing nature. Each set of cards provides key traits and techniques necessary to make accurate and useful scientific observations. Available as an eBook or printable deck. EOL includes the participation of institutions such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Harvard University.
(TriState Livestock News) “We are in year two of a 15-year project to document the 500 to 1,000 species of native bees in Montana.” But to examine all 147,000 square miles of the state would require significant manpower, and to fill that need, an unlikely partnership was created. The researchers put together boxes that included curriculum and bee-sampling tools and sent them to one-room schoolhouses across the state.
(Twitter, The Xerces Society @xercessociety) “We still need folks to adopt grid cells for @pnwbumblebees! This community science project spans #Oregon, #Washington, and #Idaho. When you choose a grid cell, you’re committing to #hike it at least 2x this summer & report #bumblebee sightings.”
(Fox 25) The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is asking Oklahomans to share sightings of a specific bee, the American bumble bee, on iNaturalist.org to help them learn more about the important insect.
(City of Toronto) Live Green Toronto is offering free pollinator-friendly plant kits to help expand pollinator habitat in Toronto. PollinateTO Native Plant Kits can be reserved for pick up at Community Environment Days.
(York University) “This species is at risk of extinction and it’s currently not protected in any way despite the drastic decline.” The research team used data from three sources: citizen science data from Bumble Bee Watch, the Bumble Bees of North America database with records dating back to the late-1800s, and their own field work.