At this workshop, you will learn to identify several insect pollinators, including native and non-native bees and butterflies. We will then visit the pollinator observatories to make observations of plant-insect interactions.
Session 1: Introduction to 'Providing for Pollinators' and the tools for monitoring them (at the Port Education Centre)
Blythe Vogel and Luis Mata will introduce you to a ‘Protocol to record ecological interactions between plants and pollinators using timed surveys’ and a ‘Visual field guide for the identification of targeted pollinators’. These documents will be discussed and your questions about the field protocol and species identification encouraged.
A handout questionnaire will test your capacity to successrfully complete the field protocol and accurately identify the targeted insects. This is an open book shared session - not a scary test!
Session 2: Visit the 'Summer' pollinator observatories in Westgate Park
The workshop will move into Westgate Park to visit the ‘summer' pollinator observatories and work with the tools learned in Session 1.