Citizen Science and Insects

We have Monarch Watch in North America and the annual butterfly survey in Great Britain, but now is the time for a greater insect citizen science survey. The less charismatic arthropods require our attention as worldwide insects are in steep decline. We have Christmas Bird Counts, Feeder Watches, North American Breeding Bird Surveys, Frogwatch and others. We need the same for insects.

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Nighthawks and Parking Lots

Nighthawks are a generalist species, meaning they have tried many habitats throughout their evolution. One innovation when grasslands started to disappear was the rooftop habitat. But as flat, gravel rooftops start to dwindle because new roofing materials without camouflage for nighthawk eggs are on the rise, nighthawks are finding new urban habitats, like parking lots. In my study, when nighthawks lost their rooftop habitat atop the Yankton Mall in South Dakota, nearby warehouse workers noticed a nest in the parking lot. To help them out, they placed orange construction cones around the nest and hoped for the best.