Bumblebee census takes flight in Ottawa - Ottawa - CBC News

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By CBC News Ottawa, July 22, 2016

Ottawa's Fletcher Wildlife Garden on Prince of Wales Drive is a popular place for bird watchers, dog walkers and anyone who likes to experience the diversity of nature in an urban setting.

Michel Monette, an amateur naturalist, visits every summer to cycle around the garden's trails and take photos. He's noticed that in recent years the number of bumblebees has declined.

"You can spend an hour watching and you'll see one, two, three, where in past years there would be 30 or 40. And they'd be bumping into each other. I have pictures of them on top of the flower heads crawling all over each other, compared to now," says Monette.