KIB’s Wild Pollinator Count

This week-long event will engage citizen scientists in the important work of not only counting pollinators—birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects—but educating Hoosiers on the need to plant native to help people and nature thrive!

  • Pollinator Count Week is July 17-23
    Pollinator Count Week is July 17-23

    KIB presents the Indianapolis Wild Pollinator Count: through specific events, disseminated kits, engaging talks and a city-wide goal to increase wild pollinators, and in turn increase biodiversity in our neighborhoods and communities. This program will serve as a measuring tool to encourage a healthy and thriving Indianapolis.

    This citizen scientist initiative is important because the data gathered will help guide conservation and restoration efforts, tree and other native plantings, as well as raise awareness of how vital pollinators are to the Indianapolis urban ecosystem.

    ***If you cannot view the linked PDFs, you can simply right click and download it directly.***

  • 2017 Pollinator Count Week Events
    • #KIBees featured on IPL building (July 17 – 22) – The IPL building lights on Monument Circle will feature the Pollinator Count Week social media tag #KIBees as a reminder that pollinators continue their work at night.
    • IUPUI Pollinator Count (July 17 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm) – Join IUPUI Sustainability at the front doors of the University Library with the IUPUI Jags to celebrate and count pollinators.
    • Downtown Farmers Market at City Market(July 19 from 9:30am – 1:30pm) – KIB will be downtown at the Original Farmers Market on Wednesday to lead pollinator counts around city market.
    • Pollinator Storytime at Nora Library Branch (July 19 at 10:15am) – Bring the kids to the Nora branch of the Indianapolis Public Library for pollinator story time. Native plant seed packets will be available to take home.
    • Indianapolis Zoo Count (July 19, all day) – Head to the Zoo to visit native plant gardens for a pollinator count or stop by the Butterfly House to see pollinators up close. KIB’s college Urban Naturalist team will count pollinators with Indianapolis Zoo staff from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. *Regular zoo admission applys.
    • Bill Brinks Memorial Garden Count in Broad Ripple (July 19 at 5:30pm) – KIB’s Community Forestry staff will be along the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple. Join them to learn about Lepidoptera pollinators. Stick around to watch structural pruning of KIB planted trees.
    • Pollinator Count at Sun King Brewery – Downtown (July 20 from 5pm – 7pm) – Head to Sun King’s downtown location off College Ave. for a pint and pollinator count. Last year, KIB helped Sun King staff plant a native garden around the outdoor patio.
    • Pollinator Count at Indianapolis Arts Center (July 21 at 10:30am) – Meet at the Back Portico of the Indianapolis Arts Center in Broad Ripple to count the #KIBees along the White River.
  • Let's Get Counting, Indy!


    1. Log-in or create an account below.
    2. Fill out information about your observation and submit!

    REMINDER: Enter one pollinator species per observation. If you see more than one type of bug during your 4 minute observation, enter each one separately (but you can use the same picture!).

  • three cheers to community data collection!

    Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who helped us count Indy’s beneficial insects in the 2016 Pollinator Count!

    You can read a full report of the data collected by clicking on the image, and you can click here to read the accompanying press release.

    Also, be sure to check out the bee-utiful #KIBees pics folks captured on Instagram.

  • Other ways to participate
    Other ways to participate
    • DOWNLOAD the Pollinator Count Kit (or save some paper and do it digitally…check out the button above)
    • FIND a KIB Greenspace you can collect data in, or Indy Park
    • CHECK OUT upcoming Pollinator Count Events
    • STAY ON TOP OF our social media accounts—we’ll be hosting various contests and giveaways during the week
    • SHARE your awesome pollinator pics online with the hashtag #KIBees
      (We’re hosting a ‘Best in Show’ the following week)
    • PEEP at the IPL building from July 17-21 (just a friendly reminder that pollinators come out at night too!)
    • VOLUNTEER to help us add pollinators back to Indy
  • Read up to learn more
    Read up to learn more

    From our expert staff to the smarts of awesome community partners like City In Green, we’ve gathered tons of info to help you become the top citizen scientist in Indy!

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