A Word from the RALF (November 2023)
Ready to get up close and personal with Australia’s pollinators? The Australian Pollinator Count is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about these essential creatures and become a part of the citizen science movement. In this article, we’ll explore what the Pollinator Count is, why it’s important, and how you can get involved.
What is the Australian Pollinator Count?
The Australian Pollinator Count is a citizen science project designed to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to observe and record pollinators visiting flowers in their local environment. This initiative provides an easy and effective way for anyone to contribute to the conservation and understanding of pollinators.
Why is it important?
Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and insects, play a critical role in the pollination of flowers, which leads to the production of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, these vital creatures are facing numerous threats, including habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use. By participating in the Pollinator Count, you can help researchers collect data that will help us better understand pollinators and create effective conservation strategies.
When does it happen?
The Pollinator Count takes place during Australian Pollinator Week, from November 11 to 19. These sunny, warm, and calm days provide the perfect conditions for observing pollinators in action.
Why should you get involved?
By participating in the Pollinator Count, you’ll become a citizen scientist, contributing to the knowledge that will shape the conservation of these crucial species. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, but you’ll also help researchers build a comprehensive database. Whether you live in a city or a rural area, your observations count. Plus, it’s a fun, educational activity that the whole family can enjoy.
So, mark your calendar for November 11 to 19, grab a notebook, and spend just 10 minutes observing the flowers in your local area. Your participation can make a difference, and even if you don’t spot a single pollinator, that’s valuable data, too! Join the Australian Pollinator Count and let’s make a buzz for change!
Click here for more information on the Australian Pollinator Count.
This article was written by Jade Auldist. Jade is the Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF) for the Riverina region. Her role supports farmers, industry and community groups (including Landcare Groups) to adopt new and innovative sustainable agriculture practices.
For further information on this article, please contact Jade at firstname.lastname@example.org.