Citizen Science

Bee ID and Bee Monitoring:  In April 2016, twenty-five people attended Dr. Elizabeth Elle’s “Bee ID: Citizen Science” workshop.   A subset of that group will be monitoring the site of the Pollinator Pasture over the next few months to create a data base of bee and pollinator sightings.  This will be the baseline data we’ll depend upon to see how the Pollinator Pasture affects the pollinator populations of the area.  JOIN US! If you are reasonably comfortable identifying basic bee species and are interested in helping out, please contact us at ecoartokanagan@gmail.com. We can get you on the team!  We are also developing an app for use on Smart Phones.  Meanwhile, we are using paper observation forms and you can download it here:
Bee Observation Form

Bumble Bee Homes:  In March 2016, Maureen Lisle led a bumble bee home-making Workshop.  The boxes we used were repurposed from Samuel Roy-Bois’s “Small World”, a community scuplture project for Bee Central.  We created a booklet for people to make their own domiciles which you may download here:
Bumble Bee Guide

Dr. Ralph Cartar from the University of Calgary also has a guide to building bumble bee homes: Pelletier Cartar Domicile Instructions

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(Photos by Fionncara MacEoin)

Talks and Lectures:  From January 2016 to May 2016, the Public Pollinator Pasture Project the Okanagan Regional Library hosted nine talks about pollinators in our community. The talks from this outstanding series was filmed and can be found on The Pollinizing Sessions page of this website.