#KIBEES Pollinator Count

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—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 18 – JULY 22
Do you have 4 minutes to spend outside? Then you can do a pollinator count!

We’ve got events you can attend, counting kits to use, articles to share, and a goal to increase wild pollinators—and in turn increase biodiversity in our neighborhoods and communities. The data gathered will help inform conservation and restoration efforts, guide plantings of trees and native perennials, and raise awareness of how vital pollinators are to Indy’s urban ecosystem.
 

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.

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2018 POLLINATOR COUNT EVENTS
Ready to start counting? Come participate in our Pollinator Count events!

Springdale Chinquapin Oak Workday (Monday, June 18 at 8 a.m.–noon)
Happy Hour Weeding (Friday, June 22 at 3 p.m.)
DigIndy Manhole Art (Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Pollinator Night at Sun King Brewery (Tuesday, July 10 at 4:30–6:30 p.m.)
IMPD East Community Day (Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)
Indiana Landmarks Treasure Hunt (Saturday, July 14 at 9 a.m.–3 p.m.)
Happy Hour Weeding (Friday, July 20 at 3 p.m.)
Quantum Leap with Indiana Humanities (September 15 at 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

 

GIVE MORE THAN DATA DURING POLLINATOR COUNT MONTH
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!

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