Great Kiwi Bee Count

The Tribune (NZ) - - PLAN BEE -

In as­so­ci­a­tion with the NZ Gar­dener mag­a­zine, stuff.co.nz and sci­en­tists from Plant & Food Re­search, we want you to join The Great Kiwi Bee Count to pro­vide a base line for gen­er­a­tions of re­search into bees.

Through­out Septem­ber, Ki­wis young and old are en­cour­aged to get into their gar­dens, parks or neigh­bour­hood – prefer­ably on a sunny day – pick a plant, and count how­many bees they see.

It’s eas­ier than it sounds, with bee species clearly iden­ti­fied and a sim­ple in­ter­ac­tive mo­bile app to make you a res­i­dent ex­pert.

You can record the re­sults on stuff.co.nz/greatki­wibeecount.

The data gath­ered from across New Zealand over the month will help sci­en­tists work out the state of bee health and num­bers in the coun­try, and pro­vide a base­line fig­ure for a fu­ture ‘‘bee cen­sus’’.

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