Participate in the Backyard Biodiversity Project – Looking for Volunteers


BROOKINGS, SD – SDSU Extension wants to know what insects are in your backyard. On June 26 at 10 a.m. CDT, Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist will present a webinar introducing her project on backyard biodiversity in South Dakota.

There will also be evening in-person workshops in Pierre, Brookings, and Rapid City presented by Bachmann, and two other SDSU Extension Specialists; Buyung Hadi, SDSU Extension Pesticide Applicator Training and Urban Entomology Specialists and Mary Roduner, SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist. The workshop in Rapid City will be at the West River Ag Center on July 18 from 7-9 p.m. MT. The Pierre workshop will be July 15 from 7-9 p.m CT at the Pierre Regional Extension Center. The Brookings workshop will be announced shortly.

This citizen science project is looking for volunteers around South Dakota who are interested in learning how to observe and record insect sightings in their backyard. For 2013, the project will focus on identifying what pollinators are present in mid-July to mid-August. The webinar will teach participants how to identify major groups of pollinators and go through the simple data collection and reporting process.

This project will utilize Project Noah ( Bachmann has already created a mission for backyard biodiversity in South Dakota.

Interested individuals are encouraged to create a free account on the website, and there will also be a pen-and-paper option for data collection.

Bachmann is working with Buyung Hadi to locate participants who would be willing to have passive insect collection systems installed in their yards during early August. This type of insect collecting will give them a better idea of the insect diversity in South Dakota backyards.

Collecting data for the project will take about 20 minutes once or twice a week for four weeks. Bachmann will present webinars and workshops throughout the summer and the 2013 results will be published on iGrow in the fall.

Individuals who are interested in participating can contact Amanda Bachmann at and go to for the webinar link.

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