Comments and Questions

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  1. Ellis Squires says:

    Hi, I’m beginning to collect data but cannot edit the pdf datasheets. What am I doing wrong?

    thanks

    • The pdf datasheets are meant to be printed and taken out with you for your observations. There is another form, a spreadsheet labeled “data spreadsheet” – you can transfer your data from the data sheet onto this spreadsheet, and then email it in. Let me know if this works for you!

  2. Linda Ridley says:

    What if there is no activity on the floweres that I’m observing? Is 60 too cold? It is sunny with a slight breeze. I saw very few pollinators, and none on the flowers that I was observing. I stopped after 15 minutes.

    • Alison says:

      Hello Linda,

      I’m sorry that you didn’t get any activity! 60 is on the cool side, though if it is sunny usually I get visitors anyway. You could try a warmer day, though, that might help. However, the time wasn’t wasted! It is very useful for me to know that you didn’t get any visitors – please fill out the data sheet with zeros, and the number of observation periods that you completed.

      Thank you!

  3. Peter Pfeiffer says:

    I, too, had very few pollinators, I added 4 extra days of observations just to make sure.
    I was wondering whether getting close enough to the flowers to effectively identify male / female might have had a negative influence on pollinators. After my “official” observation periods, I took a walk through the patches in my back yard and noticed very few pollinators anywhere on Spring Beauty.
    Pete

    • Alison says:

      Hello Pete,

      Sorry to hear that your observation periods weren’t very exciting. It is still very useful data, though – I appreciate your patience! Please send in the data sheets with zeros.

      I often get very close to the flowers, and it doesn’t seem to affect pollinator behavior. I do try to keep my shadow out of the way, though – that can discourage bee visitation.

      Thanks!

  4. Pollinator says:

    I am very sorry but I realized that between my arthritis and my poor eyesight I could not help with this project. I am still interested in knowing the results and hope that I will get to hear about them.
    Once again, sorry I couldn’t help.

  5. Marjorie Prochaska says:

    I do not have a page entitled “Is Claytonia blooming in your area.” Is the visitation period the same as the observation period? Do I write down the weather & temperature for every 5-minute observation period? If I do six 5-minute observations per session three times during the blooming season, then I will need to print more page 1, correct? The the table at the bottom of page 1 is a compilation of the flowers types per area of observation? The area of observation changes every five minute period, yes? Then I will have 18 or so entries under observation periods, correct?

    pp 2-4 is data for each pollinator, one pollinator per line, but IO can have more than one pollinator per five-minute observation, so anyh one period can be listed more than once. Do I have this straight? Thanks.

    • Hi Marjorie,

      Great questions! I’ve listed answers below. Thanks for asking – I’ll try to make these things more clear in the instructions.

      – The “Is Claytonia blooming in your area” is a link on this website. It’s in the “For Volunteers” section. Let me know if you have trouble finding it, and send me an email if you need the password.
      – Ideally, you should record weather information every observation period (so, every five minutes).
      – You should have one set of data sheets for every set of observation periods. So yes, three copies. I included lots of space for recording the pollinators, so you’ll probably have extra of pages 2 and 3.
      – Yes, the table at the bottom of Page 1 is where you record the number of male and female flowers that you observe during your observation periods.
      – The area of observation should change every five minutes, if you have enough plants in your patch to do so.
      – Yes, 18 observation periods total is great.

      – Yes, you have it straight – that is why you record the data for each observation period on Page 1, and then the individual pollinators that visit get listed on Page 2. And yes, you can have more than one pollinator per observation period.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.

  6. Ruth Douglas says:

    Hi, a week ago I saw a number of holes similar to ant hills, but the opening was larger and I could see bees that I think were Andrena erigeniae zooming around and going in and out of the holes. Then we had heavy rain and now I am seeing just a few holes. What happened to those bees? Might they have drowned, or do they hole up after heavy rain until the ground is less wet?

    Also, with that bee species, since it’s a specialist, is its life over after the Spring beauties are past blooming?

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