EwA at Habitat 

Helping Pollinators (and other Insects) with Citizen Science

There is no better way to nurture our ecological self than through fun & inspiring Nature experiences. Come & enjoy participating in the EwA Citizen Science Pollinator Study in a lovely urban wildlife Audubon sanctuary.

🦋 Habitat Pollinator (Plant Visitor) Survey

Insect populations over the world are declining very rapidly. We need the help and skills of our communities to understand the reasons and solutions.

🔎 A local Goldenrod soldier beetle iNat record (Aug 2018)

The good news is that you don’t need a Ph.D. to make a real difference!

Join this incredible opportunity to connect with Nature and to contribute to help the conservation of our urban wildlife habitats.

Age: Teens (14+) | Adults | Seniors.

Where: In the lower and upper meadows of the Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary (Map).

What: This survey fosters awareness of the species and habitat biodiversity of the sanctuary, with a focus on its pollinators, and more generally arthropods. The objectives of this series are: (1) Learn about the sanctuary’s habitats, its wildlife, and help protect its pollinators; (2) Observe & record information using an ethical framework and obtain science-usable information. Biodiversity species records are uploaded to a dedicated iNaturalist project (our iNaturalist project logo on the left). We also upload arthropod counts to Caterpillars Count. We have 3 other survey sites in the region, and rapidly we will be able to compare populations between sites. We will also work together at developing a virtual guide to the insects and wildlife of the reservation. [Read more about EwA Citizen Science →]

Why: Important reasons for surveying arthropods include the need for understanding arthropod distributions in urban settings, as well as to investigate how climate change affects both the timing of life-history events and the spatial distributions of many species, including plants and pollinators.

When: As our weekly surveys depend on the weather (temperature and wind speed), our event schedule is usually announced a few days before a survey. Check regularly -or subscribe- to our EwA calendar to know when we go in the field. Join our EwA forum to get notified about our field findings, as well as to learn about cool science and important news.

2020 Events ▹ 📆  EwA Calendar [ view | subscribe ]

Each survey is a register-and-commit event with a restricted number of participants! By having small size events we can keep one another healthy and have a quality experience while not overwhelming the habitats that we are protecting.

EwA Events Details & Registration »

▶️ How EwA Helps Arthropods 📊 EwA Plant Visitor Survey Protocol 📔 Habitat Fieldwork Journal | More about EwA’s biodiversity activities: Be an EwA Naturalist Documenting Species Like a Pro 📸 EwA Wildlife Documentation Photography Essentials

🔎 Example of Species Observed at Habitat

✍ Please email us at learning@earthwiseaware.org for details
The EwA Learning Team

Earthwise Aware
✉ 50 Spring Street #A, Somerville, MA 02143
1 (617) 684-5204

This program is a collaboration with the Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary and part of Mass Audubon.

About the sanctuary. A long-standing center for environmental education, Habitat offers year-round programs for all ages. Habitat is made of gentle trails wind through deciduous and evergreen forests, across meadows, and around ponds and vernal pools at Habitat, located just seven miles from downtown Boston… Check it out!

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