The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count is on and Sooke residents are urged to participate.

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Sooke residents urged join the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count and help scientists learn more about the insects

Friends of Earth Canada is calling on Sooke residents to join the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count and help scientists learn more about the winged insects.

All it takes is a simple snap of a picture of bumble bees you see in your garden, park or campsite and upload to Bumblebeewatch.org.

The Canadian member of Friends of the Earth International, one of the world’s largest grassroots environmental organizations, is partnering with Bumble Bee Watch to deliver the first ever Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count.

Bumble Bee Watch, created by scientists from the Xerces Society, York University and Wildlife Preservation Canada, is an ambitious citizen-science project that asks people to take pictures of bumble bees when they see them, note their location and upload them online, where they will be verified by researchers.

The count runs through Aug. 15.