Activities in Townsville, North Queensland.
Australian Pollinators Week 12 – 18 November is a time to celebrate our pollinators!
At Mundy Creek, Garbutt and in nearby gardens, local landcarers have identified a number of native species including (Fire-tailed Resin, Blue-banded and Leafcutter bees (Megachile), Reed Bees (Exoneura) and Great Carpenter bees (Xylocopa).
So this year for Pollinators Week at Mundy Creek they held a ‘Pollinators Special’ Tree Planting of flowering and fruiting species that are known to attract and sustain our native pollinators – the birds, bees, wasps, moths, bats and beetles.
In the lead up to the community planting event Bernadette (Mundy Creek Natureway Regeneration Project Coordinator / Landcare Site Leader) led a native bee / insect motel making activity. She and other Mundy Creek Catchment Care group participants later installed some of these motels across the site as part of the Golden bee project – a global collective of creative collaborators inspired by literal and metaphoric engagement with bees.
“As part of Mundy Creek Catchment Care Group’s Strengthening Communities Project (2017-18 Funded by NQ Dry Tropics), we cut and poisoned a number of Chinee Apple and Albizia on the site, some of which contained hollows that were being used by native frogs, bees and other insects.
We left the majority of these poisoned trees in situ, so that the habitat was sustained until we could plant native trees next to the dead and dying weeds (when some rain arrives)”, said Boscacci.
“Now that the fire season has passed and hopefully a wet season is on its way, it’s a good time to help get some more habitat back on site for the local native animal, bird and insect species.”
If you would like to contribute to or participate in similar future activities, please email or call us for more details.
CDTLI firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Landcare Officer on 0428 428 542
Bernadette Boscacci email@example.com
Golden Bee firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos and text: Bernadette Boscacci, Townsville 2018
More information / links:
You can see what Native bees are likely to be in your area on this great link: Bees in your area on the Aussie Bee website.
Another worthwhile activity to become involved in is the annual Spring Wild Pollinator Count.
Why is Australian Pollinator Week important?
Communities in the northern hemisphere have been celebrating the importance of pollinators since June 2007, however, the seasonal differences in the south has restricted bilateral celebrations.
Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators during our southern spring (November). It is a designated week when community, business and organisations can come together to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and support their needs.
Through group activities, community members can learn and laugh together as they help to support our pollinators. By engaging communities in schools, gardening clubs, community gardens, local council areas, Landcare groups and neighbourhoods we can increase awareness and act on our increased knowledge.
(excerpt from Bees Business – Australian Native Bee Education website)