It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly on dense blazing star!
The #KIBees Pollinator Count is a way to engage community scientists (that's you!) in the important work of counting pollinators, like birds, bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, and educating Hoosiers on the need to plant native to help people and nature thrive!
POLLINATOR COUNT MONTH IS JUNE 8 - JUNE 23
Do you have 4 minutes to spend outside? Then you can do a pollinator count!
We have events you can attend, counting kits to use, articles to share, and a goal to increase wild pollinators and biodiversity in our neighborhoods and communities. The information gathered will raise awareness of how vital pollinators are to Indy's urban ecosystem, get kids and adults to observe and connect with their environment, learn how to identify pollinators and plants. What's more, the pollinator count will inspire Indianapolis residents to take actions that will help increase wild pollinators and biodiversity in our neighborhoods and communities.
LET'S GET COUNTING, INDY!
Pollinator Count Directions
1) Log in to or create an iNaturalist account.
2) Join the KIB Pollinator Count project.
3) Fill out information about your observation and submit!
4) SHARE your awesome pollinator pics online with the hashtag #KIBees
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!). SIGN UP WITH iNATURALIST
No computer or smartphone access where you're going? No fear! Use one of our printable count sheets out in the field.
2019 POLLINATOR COUNT EVENTS
Ready to start counting? Meet us at one of the volunteer projects or events listed below.
Saturday, June 8: June Plogging at Centerpoint Brewing (11 am)
Wednesday, June 12: Canal Night, Nature Play at the Indiana State Museum (6 pm)
Thursday, June 13: Native Plant Workshop for Adopt-A-Block Captains (5:30 pm)
Thursday, June 14: IndyHub's Indyvolved 14 (6 pm)
Friday, June 14: Happy Hour Fence Weaving at KIB (3 pm)
Saturday, June 15: Gethsemane GreenSpace Volunteer Day (9 am)
Friday, June 21: Happy Hour Weeding at KIB (3 pm)
Saturday, June 22: Brookside Park Habitat Restoration (9 am)
Saturday, June 22: Gethsemane GreenSpace Habitat Restoration (9 am)
Sunday, June 23: Pollinators, Paints, & Paddles at the Indianapolis Art Center - Join KIB, Friends of the White River, Indiana Wildlife Federation, and the IAC for a FREE afternoon of rafting on the river, counting pollinators, natures hikes, and art. (1 - 4 pm)
GIVE MORE THAN DATA DURING POLLINATOR COUNT
One way to maximize your impact is to bring your friends and family together to eat, drink, count pollinators, and donate. That's right, you can throw your own KIB Pollinator Party!
It's simple: Invite your friends over, tell them about KIB's work and why it's important to you, and give them an easy way to donate. Oh, and have a little fun while you're at it.
Not only are you raising money to support the greening of Indianapolis, you're also spreading the buzz to your network about the importance of native plants and pollinators (and their role in promoting our well-being).
Best part? We make party prep easy. Download your Pollinator Party Kit for checklists, invites, KIB handouts, Pollinator Count Sheets, guest lists, and more!