As you may have seen on The Project on Fri 17 Apr 2020, if you're looking for something to do this weekend (Sat 18 & Sun 19 April 2020 only) in your backyard, be a Citizen Scientist like Costa Georgiadis and countWild Pollinators. The Wild Pollinator Count gives you the opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia.
You'll also be helping build a database on wild polllinator activity. There's not enough scientists to cover information required on the ecology of many insects like butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrips and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators, hence as a Citizen Scientist you'll be providing much-needed information on the ecology of many of these insects, what flowers they pollinate, or where they are found.
If you miss the count this weekend, the next count is from 9-15 Nov 2020. Find out more HERE and HERE.
You don't need to be an insect expert, or need fancy gear. You may well be surprised by what you see. All you need to do is watch any flowering plant in your garden for just 10 minutes, during the last of this count weekend. Find out how to count and submit your observations or download the Run Your Own Count Kit and organise to count with a group. Email email@example.com if you have any questions. Get the FAQs HERE.
If being a scientific sleuth tickles your fancy, get involved with the Australian Citizen Science Association. ACSA was formed to advance citizen science through the sharing of knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy. It's open to management and volunteers, or anyone with an interest in citizen science. Once you've joined you can go about finding a science project that interests you.