Tracking Bee Movement in the Park
Over the next few weeks, a Columbia University Master’s of Ecology student will be conducting research in the park on native bee movement. Bees involved in the study will be captured, marked with a small paint mark on their back to help identify them, and then released.
In order to gather a history of the bees’ movement, we need your help! Reported sightings of marked bees are pivotal in helping us understand where they’ve been and how far they’ve traveled. If you see a marked bee while in the park, you can aid this research project by reporting it here.
Alternatively, you can post your observation on the iNaturalist app with the location set to “Madison Square Park.” Please be sure to include the location of the sighting, the color of the mark, and a photo if possible.
We’re very excited to be a part of this project, and we look forward to sharing the results with our parkgoers in the future!