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Wild Pollinator Count

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The Wild Pollinator Count is a citizen science project that gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild insect pollinator conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a picture of wild pollinator activity. We welcome contributions to this Bowerbird project group of sightings of insect pollinators (or potential pollinators!), including outside our "count weeks". Australia has lots of wild insect pollinators that are often overlooked. European honey bees get a lot of attention because they are an adaptable, generalist forager, which means they are happy to visit almost any flower, in most climate zones. They are also a social species, so their hives are easy to domesticate and manage. However, many native insects also contribute to pollination in crops and gardens all around the country. We still need to do a lot of research to identify all our insect pollinator species, understand their ecology and how they are affected by human activities. So far, we know that Australia has around 2,000 native bee species, all of which are important pollinators. We also know there are a couple of thousand butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrips and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information on the ecology of many of these insects, what flowers they pollinate, or where they are found.

  • Alina Davis

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  • Darren Carman

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  • Faye Arcaro

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  • Fiona

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  • Gordon Claridge

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  • Jenny Thynne

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  • Karen Retra

    Keen on backyard biodiversity, have a growing addiction to native bee spotting and trying to improve my photography skills to capture all of that! Based in Albury, New South Wales.

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  • Ken Walker

    I am currently the Curator of Entomology at Museum Victoria. My interests are mainly insects Primarily native bees) but I am also interested in most things in nature.

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  • Kit

    PhD candidate, Forrest Scholar, researching "Determinants of native bee assemblages in urban habitat fragments in the southwest Australian biodiversity hotspot and interactions between honeybees (Apis mellifera) and native plant-pollinator communities" Aka "the Bee Babette"!

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  • Linda Rogan

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  • Luis Mata

    Hi, I am an ecologist with a keen interest in insects, conservation science and quantitative methods. I am fascinated by insects because I believe that, whether as individuals or aggregated into super-organisms, they are interesting, valuable and aesthetically pleasing life forms. I am particularly impressed by their functional and taxonomical diversity. I am a Research Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group (ICSRG), in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. My current work focuses on ‘The little things that run the city’, an insect and spider ecology and conservation project co-funded by the City of Melbourne and RMIT University’s Strategic Projects in Urban Research. As part of new National Environmental Science Programme – Clean Air and Urban Landscapes hub, I will contribute to develop a protocol for re-wilding urban environments and a platform for an integrated program of urban citizen science across Australian cities.

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