Wild Pollinator Count on now! 12 – 19th November

 

It starts today! The national Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. This count happens every year and lasts one week only.

Scarab beetle photo Max Campbell

 

Reed Bee photo Michael McMaster

You can join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime in our count week.

  • You don’t need to be an insect expert.
  • You don’t need fancy gear.
  • You may be surprised by what you see!

https://wildpollinatorcount.com

There are instructions, a tally sheet and a really good identification resource to help you.

Here we are asking you to help us with research on the rare Merimbula star-hair(Astrotricha sp. Wallagaraugh)

plant. There are numbers of these around Tura Beach and into Bournda National Park. Can you find one of these and do a pollinator count on it? Scientists have no information on its main pollinators, what kind of insects or birds that may be important, so your records will be very valuable to the Save Our Species team.

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows a local naturalist tells us that the flowering period for the Merimbula star-hair is weeks 42 – 50 or around mid-October to mid-December. We will be grateful for any observations of pollinators on these plants at any time…Please add your records to Naturemapr.

 

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