Do you know what pollinates baobab flowers? Bet you thought it was bats, but scientists have never seen bats visiting baobab flowers in Southern Africa. We have a theory that both hawk moths and bats play a role in pollination. But we need to find out if this is true.
This year we will be adding to the data that was collected last year. You can download a summary of the data collected in the 2016 Baobab Blitz here: 2016 Baobab Blitz Summary
Scientists from the University of Venda and Texas Tech University (USA), hosted by the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, will again be trying to solve this mystery in November and December 2017. They will be using Citizen Science methods to collect data on flower visitation rates. This means that members of the public, are being asked to again help collect this critical data.
Keep updated and follow the Blitz on Facebook: Baobab Blitz
Get your friends and family involved! Have a special evening under a baobab tree and help us collect the information we need to answer: “What is pollinating baobab flowers?”
How can you participate:
When: 24 & 25 November and 2 & 3 December 2017 (do one or all the nights, both weekends!)
Where: Any baobab tree in Limpopo (Alldays, Vivo, Waterpoort, Mopani, Musina, Tshipise, Pafuri)
How: Sit under one baobab tree from 6pm to 12pm and record what is coming to the flowers. We will send you a form for you to complete which will allow you to record bat, hawk moth and other possible visitors to the flowers.
Register: Send us an email, whats app, facebook message or sms so that we can register you and send you information on how to collect the information.
Download the 2017 Baobab Blitz Datasheet
Download the 2017 2017 Baobab Blitz Data Collection Instructions
Download the flyer 2017 Baobab Blitz Flyer
Contact: Cathy Vise firstname.lastname@example.org or sms/whatsapp 071 116 6967