April 01, 2023

April Announcements

Happy April Everyone! Spring is well on it's way and I am excited for the warm weather in our future. This summer I will be hosting monthly pollinator walks. Please join us if you are interested! Each month we will meet at a different park and spend about an hour walking through the park taking photos of all the insects we can find.

The April pollinator walk will be held on Saturday April 29th from 2:00-3:00pm at Nose Hill Park. *weather dependent

This months walk will be held during the City Nature Challenge that runs from April 28th to May 1st. In addition to the early-season pollinators we find, as we walk though the park we can also take pictures of animals, plants, birds, fungi, mosses, etc., to participate in the City Nature Challenge. More information about the 2023 City Nature Challenge can be found on the Calgary City Nature Challenge 2023 page

All existing observations and all the data collected this year from April 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023, will be included in my research. Please try your best to link your pollinator observations to a plant observation so the iNaturalist community can help identify the plant as well. Instructions on how to create an associated observation can be found here How to Use the "Associated Observations" Field

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March 19, 2023

How to Use the "Associated Observations" Field

Hello everyone!
I just wanted to post a quick tutorial on how to link two observations together. This feature is quite useful for the Calgary Pollinators Project (and iNaturalist in general) because it can help us to not only identify the pollinator, but also the plant that the pollinator is visiting. I'd like to encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with how to add an associated observation.

How to Use the "Associated Observations" Field

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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March 17, 2023

Thank you, insect experts and enthusiasts!

Thank you to everyone for being so enthusiastic to help us identify the insects in our project! We really appreciate all your time and continued effort. I am grateful for the amount of interest I received from this initial call for IDs. We are hoping to have another great summer of getting to know our Calgary Pollinators, so, if you're interested, we would love your help again in the fall to do another round of IDs. Here is a quick two-week numbers update on the number of research grade observations and our top identifiers! The number of research grade observations increased by 764, from 2,924 to 3,688. We gained 15 new project members, and 6 new project curators! Amazing work, thank you for helping us all learn about the pollinators in Calgary!

Huge thank you to the top identifiers within our project!

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March 03, 2023

Calling All Insect Experts and Enthusiasts!

Insect experts and enthusiasts, we need your help! Our Calgary Pollinators Project has over 6000 observations and we need your help to confirm the identity of the insects. While there is still snow on the ground and not too many insects flying about, we would appreciate your help to ID the insect observations in our project. If you know anyone else who may be interested in helping with our project, feel free to tag them in the comments. We greatly appreciate your help and thank you for your time! - Justine

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February 23, 2023

Calgary Pollinators Update

Hello Everyone! Welcome to Calgary Pollinators iNaturalist page and thank you to everyone who has posted an observation of a Calgary Pollinator. Our project officially began in June 2021, and currently includes over 6000 observations made from 2008 to 2022 - that's amazing! As we get ready for the next season of pollinators, I want to introduce myself, my research interests, and tell you all about the future of the Calgary Pollinators Project. My name is Justine, I have recently started my Master's Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Calgary. My project is about how urbanization impacts the relationships between native plants and pollinators in Calgary. I am also interested in collecting data on pollinators supported by native plants and if native plants support a more biodiverse group of pollinators than introduced plant species. I will be using the data from the Calgary Pollinators Project for my research.

Our goal is to hit 10,000 observations by the end of summer 2023, and hopefully all of you can help make that happen!

Thanks for reading!


Distribution of species observed from 2008-2022

Number of different species observed from 2008-2022

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June 11, 2021

Join our Calgary Pollinator Count!

This project aims to document the insect pollinators present in Calgary and their associated plants. Please contribute your photographs of an insects interacting with the flower surface or flower parts of plants. Associated plants can be in wild or cultivated settings.

To be included, observations must:

  • Be of an insect
  • Clearly show the plant the insect was interacting with
  • Include the observation field "Interaction->Visited flower of"
  • (Optional) Include the observation field "Associated observation"

Thank you for helping us better understand Calgary's Insect Pollinators!

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