Bumblebees, biodiversity, observe
The project overview
Could you imagine a life without apples? Or Styria without pumpkin seed oil? It could turn to reality if we do not curb the loss of biodiversity dramatically. Bumblebees play an essential role in the pollination of hundreds of plant species. Due to their high tolerance of lower temperatures, many bumblebee species live in mountain regions and are important for the pollination of fruit plantation during colder seasons. With the help of citizen scientists, Naturschutzbund has analysed the bumblebee population in Austria for many years. However, there is hardly any data on the occurrence of the 42 bumblebee species in Austria. Only if the occurrences are known, the remaining bumblebee population can be protected. Therefore, citizen scientists were asked to observe bumblebees in Austria, take pictures and report the observations on www.naturbeobachtung.at/hummeln
How did citizen scientists participate?
Citizen scientists observed, photographed and reported bumblebees on www.naturbeobachung.at/hummeln. In addition, pictures with correctly determined flowering plants got bonus points.
What happened to the contributions of citizen scientists?
Observations on naturbeobachtung.at were evaluated by bumblebee experts and presented in an annual report. Moreover, the data contributes to scientific papers, actual distribution maps and books on bumblebees.
Prizes and how were winners determined?
Individuals and the school class with the most observations of different bumblebee species won. Individuals received attractive non-cash prizes, the best school class won 1,000 euro. Each observation with an additional picture of the correctly determined flowering plant got bonus points. Only observations with pictures and geo-references counted.
1st prize with 1.000 euros: 2A des Fritz-Strobl-Schulzentrums (Carinthia)
2nd prize with a non-cash prize: 2Roswitha Stetschnig
3rd prize with a non-cash prize: Maria Zacherl
Participating and supporting institutions
- Naturschutzbund Österreich (project leader)
Project website: www.naturbeobachtung.at/hummeln