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BEECOLOGY: A POLLINATOR EVENT for citizen scientists

Wild pollinators have declined in abundance, diversity, and geographic distribution at an alarming rate over recent years. These declines pose a significant threat to ecosystem health and biodiversity, yet we currently lack critical ecological information needed to develop effective conservation and restoration strategies for threatened species. The ‘Beecology Project’aims to fill this gap by recruiting citizen scientists from across the region to digitally collect and submit ecological data on native pollinator species using our freely available smartphone and web apps.

Spend an early summer day at cluck! learning about Dr. Robert Gegear’s BEECOLOGY PROJECT (www. beecology.wpi.edu). You’ll learn how to identify native pollinators and how to work with the project’s app (see below). You’ll get to put your new found knowledge to the test during a walk on cluck’s home farm Hurricane Hill.

This event is FREE (and suitable for families) but for planning purposes, PLEASE let us know if you are coming. Please come prepared to walk through woods and tall grass and pack a lunch.

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