EcoSpark Pollinator Surveys & Caterpillars Count

Submitted by Michael Frankfort @mfrank_76

Pollinator Surveys and Caterpillars Count

Saturday, 13 August 2022 from 10:00 AM (EDT) to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Brookbanks Park, meeting location detailed in event description 75 Brookbanks Dr, Toronto, ON M3A 2T5

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Pollinator Surveys and Caterpillars Count

Participants learn simple approaches to survey and document insects including pollinators and species that feed songbird nestlings. Bird and arthropod data from community science projects including Caterpillars Count by UNC, eBird, and iNaturalist are analysed and submitted to online databases to learn about trends in migratory patterns, food webs, and the impacts of climate change. Learn how to contribute data from your own backyard or get involved in multi-year datasets that EcoSpark participants are contributing across the GTA.

This event is part of a series joint hosted by EcoSpark and Project Swallowtail.

Location:

Brookbanks Park –  75 Brookbanks Dr, North York, ON M3A 2T5

Meet on the trail at this pinned map location near Fenside Dr. and Brookbanks Dr. Your workshop will take place outdoors in a public park, and EcoSpark staff will meet the group on-site. Crestwood Preparatory College parking lot is usually used by the community and could be an option for parking. It is across the street from our meeting spot at Brookbanks Park.

  1. Switch to virtual: In the event of extreme weather, staff illness, etc., an engaging comparable session will be provided virtually via remote video conference at the same date and time. Otherwise sessions take place rain or shine, participants should dress for the weather.
  2. Equipment to bring: Please dress for the weather, and bring a personal water bottle. EcoSpark will provide scientific equipment (binoculars, etc. as applicable) for the nature investigation. Tablets or devices and/or pencil and paper are suggested but not required. Participants may want to bring devices to photograph insects and plants as we conduct surveys at the site. Optionally participants may download the Seek app to assist with field ID.
  3. Free iNaturalist Account: Consider creating an iNaturalist account on behalf of your group or register individually, and join EcoSpark’s iNaturalist project page. Nature images by participants can be submitted via the Seek app or manually, to help us collect useful ecological field data during your Park Watch session.

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