Who doesn’t want to know more about bumble bees? Especially when you can learn from Syd Cannings! Syd describes himself as a “biologist, naturalist, bug- and bird lover, and inhabitant of the Yukon’s boreal woodlands”. He is also an author and co-author with his twin brother Richard Cannings of several respected books on BC nature.
Syd will tell us about the life history of our local big and bumbly bees, and describe which species are ‘beleaguered’ and the probable causes of their decline.
The photo shown here, taken by Syd Cannings, is a Western Bumble Bee. This species was once our most common bumble bee, but it is now listed as a Threatened species.
All BMN members who have provided their email address will receive their Zoom invitation a few days prior to the presentation. If you do not receive it, or if you have questions or need help with Zoom, please send an email to BurkeMtnNats@gmail.com.
Not only have birds kept us entertained during this world-wide pandemic, they have also made us feel happier and less stressed. Here’s a way to help bird populations in return: it’s a Citizen Science type bird count that we can do either from the safety of our homes or our favourite birding location.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a 4-day annual event that provides a snapshot of where birds are around the world. It is taking place Feb 12-15, 2021. Last year there were 6,942 species recorded and 268,674 checklists submitted.
To participate, simply count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. Birds Canada is a partner in the Great Backyard Bird Count, along with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society.