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What’s the buzz with all the insect observations?

Authored by Emma Phillips and Katie Black

You may have noticed that our observation list is dominated by insects lately, with Common Eastern Bumble Bee being our most observed species. You might be asking, “Isn’t this project primarily targeting reptiles?”. While the answer is yes, we've also been recording conspicuous insects that we encounter on roads. We've made some interesting observations related to pollinators and roadside habitats. Throughout the field season, we’ve documented a high abundance of pollinator species both active in roadside vegetation and killed on roads due to vehicle collisions.

Despite evidence of vehicle-induced pollinator mortality, roadsides can provide a variety of benefits to pollinators, and there’s a growing interest in roadside pollinator projects (e.g., Lanark County, 2021). Our natural landscapes have changed significantly due to human development, and roadside vegetation offers a food source through the nectar and pollen of ...more ↓

Posted on October 05, 2023 03:31 PM by knoir knoir | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville (UCLG) is interested in mitigating turtle-vehicle collisions in their jurisdiction. UCLG is working with the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A) Road Ecology Committee to conduct a study to identify turtle mortality hotspots on County roads to develop appropriate mitigation measures. The A2A Road Ecology Committee consists of representatives ...more ↓

clay_ created this project on April 30, 2023
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