This program’s purpose is to better understand pollinator presence in different regions worldwide. The data will be used to track the critical timing of pollinator activity and the host plants that they reply on for part of their life cycles, and ultimately, to help reduce pollinator decline. Questions seeking to be answered include:
How does human development impact pollinator diversity and abundance? Are certain activities more likely to affect insect and pollinator decline?
Are areas that are experiencing decline of key pollinator species also experience declines in other species? (e.g. grassland birds or amphibians)?
Is climate change causing the life cycles of flowers and pollinators to get out of sync?
How to participate: There are 2 levels of involvement:
Level 1: Set up an account on iNaturalist and join the Global Pollinator Watch project. Any observations submitted within the four target order of insects including butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), bees, wasps, ants and sawflies (Hymenoptera), flies (Diptera) and beetles (Coleoptera). Collectively these 4 orders represent half of the described species of animals on earth.
Level 2: Set up an account on iNaturalist and join the project as above. Added here is including where you observe the insect and adding the Observational Field. More information is provided here: https://earthwatch.org/sites/default/files/2022-04/Adding%20Insect-Plant%20Associations%20in%20iNaturalist_2022.pdf