Would you like to learn more about beneficial insects in urban gardens and participate in a yearly research project? Would you like to meet other volunteers and learn the results of your work? Join UNIBUG today! Everyone is welcome.

We’re always looking for dedicated volunteers in the greater Vancouver area. Our volunteer season runs each summer. Sign up, and we’ll contact you when opportunities and events come up. We host regular free workshops, an Annual UNIBUG Forum where the results of the previous season’s work are reviewed (along with interesting speakers and activities), and more.

Scroll down for our activities (description and materials). We hope to hear from you soon!

Welcome 2016 volunteers!

Below you will find the forms for both gathering and entering data for the 2016 volunteering season. Data can be entered weekly, monthly, or at the end of the season.

Please enter your data online, or get in contact with us by phone or e-mail to arrange a pick-up of your hard-copy data sheets by the end of September. Thank you!


Pollinator Activities

Anatomy of My Garden Survey:

What It Is: A survey that looks at the plants and features of your garden and surrounding areas. This pairs very well with the Pollinator Frequency Count and the Bee House Monitoring activities below.

Why: We’re hoping to assess pollinator habitat in urban gardens and see if/what features affect pollinator types and numbers.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes, once a season or whenever your garden changes significantly (new plantings, major changes in blooms).

Data Sheet:

Enter Your Survey Online:

 Pollinator Frequency Count

What It Is: An activity where you identify and count the number of pollinators entering and pollinating a small section of garden for a set period of time. Requires a timer and the Pollinator Pocket Guide.

Why: We aim to gather more information on the numbers and ranges or native and local pollinators in urban habitats, as well as increase awareness or and familiarity with these amazing creatures.

Time Commitment: 10 minutes, once a week during the growing season.

Data Sheet:

Supporting Documents:

(Print and cut the above guide for a handy way to identify native and local pollinators.)


Enter Your Pollinator Frequency Count Data

Bee House Monitoring (For those who own or have access to a mason/leafcutter bee house.)

What It Is: A monthly check-in on a mason/leafcutter bee house to see how many cells/tubes are in use.

Why: This can help give an idea of both what types of hairy-belly bees are dominant in your area as well as acting as an additional method of counting pollinators.

Time Commitment: 5 to 15 minutes, once a month during the growing season.

Data Sheet:

Enter Your Bee House Monitoring Data