The White Mountain National Forest is looking for help to identify pollinator species (bees and butterflies) that occupy the Forest, as well as to assess habitat diverisity here. For some time, pollinators have been declining around the globe. The threats to these species are varied, but can include lack of habitat diversity from agriculture and development, pesticide use, and disease. A better understanding of local pollinators and habitats would help us tailor our management to better support these important species here on the Forest.
Pollinator/habitat surveys may be conducted in any location, but would be most useful in managed wildlife openings and other open settings. A survey consists of two parts: 1) a habitat survey where observers walk a 200-foot line and record various plant species noted along a 6-foot width of the line; and 2) a repeat survey of the same line counting the number of bees and butterflies seen in the same area.
Prior ability to identify plants or bees/butterflies to species is helpful but not required. Photo guides can be provided. Bees only need to be categorized as bees vs. bumblebees; butterflies are counted in one of seven broad groupings. Volunteer time commitments are flexible; you may choose to just survey one location or as many as you want. Most locations are close to roads, but some may require a hike in behind a gate.
Required equipment: Data collection and analysis will be done through a mobile app so a personal cell phone or other mobile device is required. The form can be downloaded ahead of time and data submitted later via wifi, so you don't need to use your data to complete the survey.
Come enjoy a beautiful afternoon collecting important wildlife information!