Rocky View Weekly: Citizen scientists tracks bee population

Organizers were pleased with the outcome of the second year of a program at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park that trains citizen scientists how to spot, photograph and identify bumblebees.

“In terms of participation through the summer, I’d say it was one of our higher years,” said Sarah Johnson, former lead biologist with the Native Pollinator Initiative at Wildlife Preservation Canada. “Usually, we get a couple of really keen volunteers that do the majority of the surveying and collecting data, but this year, it seemed like there was a lot of buy-in across the majority of the volunteers that came to training.”

Johnson led sessions in June to train volunteers on bumblebee identification, which enabled them to submit accurately-labelled photographs of bees in the park to bumblebeewatch.org – described on the website as a “collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees.”

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