Citizen Science

Bee ID and Bee Monitoring:  In April 2016, twenty-five people attended Dr. Elizabeth Elle’s “Bee ID: Citizen Science” workshop and in May 2017, over 30 people attended the Bee Id workshop with Erin Udal and Geoff Campbell.   JOIN US in helping monitor bee populations! If you are reasonably comfortable identifying basic bee species and are interested in helping out, please contact us through the Contact form on this website. We can get you on the team!  We are also developing an application to collect data on wild bees.   For information about the app and to download it onto your tablet or smart phone, go to Border Free Bees for the Insight Citizen Science link.

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.