Researchers at the University of Guelph are building a network of sites to monitor pollinators across the province. In particular, there is very little data about pollinators in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma. Researchers are looking for volunteers to establish and monitor sites. Volunteers require no previous ecology or entomology experience, just enthusiasm and ability to follow clear instructions. A range of habitat types is encouraged – including urban areas, farmland, forests, and wetlands.
The project is using pan traps (30 plastic bowls), 3/4 filled with water and a little dish soap to collect insects. Sampling frequency would be 1 day every 2 weeks. On sampling days the pans go out at 9:00am and are collected at 4:00pm. Collecting is easy and involves emptying the bowls through a strainer and then putting all the insects into a Ziploc bag.
Given global concerns about pollinator declines it is important that we assess the status of pollinator biodiversity in Ontario, and how this is changing. This will allow us to make better decisions to conserve pollinators and manage habitat going forward.
If you are interested in volunteering to put out pan traps, or in having RAIN set out traps on your property, please contact:
Christine O’Reilly, RAIN Research Technician
Tel: 705 942 7927 ext. 3147
Email: [email protected]
For more about the University of Guelph’s Pollinator Research, click here.